This giant hosta variety is called Blue Angel Hosta. This plantain lily is one of the larger mounding varieties that is perfectly happy in the shade.
A recent trip around the JR Raulston Arboretum provided me with a chance to look at their magnificent collection of hostas.
I have a large collection of hostas in my shade gardens, but not many of the giant varieties so I was pleased to come across this Hosta Blue Angel variety. It now takes pride of place in the shade of my magnolia tree.
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About Blue Angel Hosta
- Family: Asparagaceae
- Genus: Hosta
- Cultivar: Blue Angel
Growing Blue Angel Hosta
This lovely mammoth sized hosta features leaves that are heavily textured and oval shaped with pointed tips. The leaves can be quite large – 12 x 16 inches.
The huge leaves have prominent veins that are slightly ribbed.
Sunlight needs for Hosta blue angel
This pretty perennial hosta is easy to grow when you have moist, rich soil that drains well. It prospers in part shade to full shade.
The blue green color occurs best in light shade. The plant will tolerate some morning sun.
Fertilizing and watering
Fertilize monthly during the growing season with a balanced granular fertilizer or slow release fertilizer at the beginning of spring.
Keep moist in the first year to establish plants and then twice a week in subsequent seasons. Water is best applied to the soil and not to the leaves.
To get the best out of your plant and to achieve full size, be sure to give consistent water.
Size and Flowers of hosta blue angel
The hosta variety is a mammoth plant. It grows to a 3 foot mound (taller when in flower) and to about 4 feet wide or even wider in optimal conditions. Be sure to give this hosta room to spread by spacing at least 3-4 feet apart.
Because of the size of its leaves, plant in locations protected from the wind. This is one of the largest of the blue green varieties of hosta.
Blue angel plantain lily has a mounding and cascading growth habit.
Hosta ‘Blue Angel’ has bell shaped pale lilac flowers in late spring or early summer. The flowers clump on top of scapes and make the plant look even larger than it normally does.
Cold hardiness and uses
This giant hosta is cold hardy in zones 3-8, being able to take temperatures from -30 to -40 degrees F. The plant grows from a rhizome.
Hosta ‘blue angel ‘ makes a great focal plant in any shade garden. The flowers will attract hummingbirds.
Propagate by division in early spring or late autumn. This will give you new plants for free.
Hosta blue angel is an exceptional hosta for a garden bed under the canopy of shade trees.
General Growing tips for all Hostas
Hostas do best in part shade in well draining soil. Adding compost helps to make sure the soil does not get too wet.
Some varieties can take a bit of sunlight, but most of them do not like full sun.
Hostas are tough and versatile. Generally speaking, the plants with the greenest leaves are the most shade tolerant and those with more color and variegation can take the sun better.
As a rule, hostas start to grow quite late in the spring, but quickly fill in their allotted spots in the garden. Hostas may take 2-5 years to reach their mature size so keep this in mind when planting.
Fairly disease resistant but be on the lookout for slug and snails. They can tolerate full shade and black walnut trees.
This mammoth sized textured leaf hosta is a real attention-getter. Even though slugs and snails like hostas, this variety is more resistant to them than some other hostas.
More Hosta Varieties:
If you enjoy shade loving plants, these are some other varieties to check out.
- Hosta Minuteman
- Hosta Autumn Frost
- Hosta ‘Cat and Mouse’
- Hosta ‘Yellow Splash Rim’
- Hosta Kiyosumiensis
- Hosta Stained Glass
Want to know what to grow in the garden along with hostas? Check out my post for hosta companion plants for some ideas.
Where to buy Blue Angel Plantain
Check you local big box garden centers for Blue Angel Hostas. Both Lowe’s and Home Depot are getting a larger and larger variety of hostas in my area over the last few years.
You favorite Farmer’s Market is always a good place to check. Many local independent growers have Blue Angel Plantain Lily in stock.
You can also buy this variety of giant blue angel hosta online at many places.
- Blue Angel Hosta on Amazon
- Find Hosta Blue Angel at Etsy.
- Buy Blue Angel Plantain lily at Bluestone Perennials
Pin this post on this mammoth hosta for later
Would you like a reminder of the growing tips for this blue angel hosta plant? Just pin this post to one of your gardening boards on Pinterest so that you can easily find it later.
- Blue Angel Hosta plant
- Organic Matter or compost
- All purpose Fertilizer
- Hose or watering can
- Space Hosta blue angel 3-4 feet apart, giving it room to spread (the plant will grow 3 feet tall and 4 feet wide.)
- Add organic matter or compost to the hole and plant the hosta.
- Choose soil that is normal to slightly acidic which drains well.
- Water well the first year to make sure the plant is established, then twice a week thereafter.
- Fertilize monthly with an all purpose granular fertilizer during the growing season, or at the start of the season with a slow release fertilizer.
- Lilac flowers on long stalks in late spring or early summer will attract hummingbirds.
- Hosta blue angel is hardy in zones 3-8. Not winter hardy in zones 1 and 2.
- Prefers semi shade to full shade.
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