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Blue Cadet Hosta

Hosta 'Blue Cadet'

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Blue Cadet Hosta (Hosta 'Blue Cadet') at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Hosta 'Blue Cadet' foliage

Hosta 'Blue Cadet' foliage

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Blue Cadet Hosta (Hosta 'Blue Cadet') at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Hosta 'Blue Cadet' in bloom

Hosta 'Blue Cadet' in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Plant Height:  10 inches

Flower Height:  18 inches

Spacing:  30 inches

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  2a

Other Names:  Plantain Lily, Funkia

Description:

Dainty, lavender spikes of flowers rise from lush, blue-green foliage; great impact when planted with finer textured plants

Ornamental Features

Blue Cadet Hosta features dainty spikes of lavender tubular flowers rising above the foliage in mid summer. Its attractive small textured heart-shaped leaves remain bluish-green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Blue Cadet Hosta is a dense herbaceous perennial with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Insects

Blue Cadet Hosta is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover

Planting & Growing

Blue Cadet Hosta will grow to be about 10 inches tall at maturity extending to 18 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 3 feet. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 30 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Edging  Garden  Groundcover 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features