School Mouse Hosta
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Plant Height: 8 inches
Flower Height: 14 inches
Spacing: 12 inches
Hardiness Zone: 3a
Other Names: Plantain Lily, Funkia
Brand: Proven Winners
This miniature mounded hosta features intensely wavy, blue-green to green leaves with creamy yellow margins; dainty spikes of pale lavender flowers in early to mid-summer; great for containers or edging
School Mouse Hosta features dainty spikes of lavender tubular flowers rising above the foliage from early to mid summer. Its attractive tiny twisted round leaves remain bluish-green in color with distinctive buttery yellow edges and tinges of chartreuse throughout the season.
School Mouse Hosta is a dense herbaceous perennial with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.
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;
School Mouse Hosta is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- Border Edging
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
School Mouse Hosta will grow to be about 8 inches tall at maturity extending to 14 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 12 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 12 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. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!
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.
School Mouse Hosta is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers and foliage against which the larger thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.