This miniature hosta is called Hosta Cat and Mouse. Its small size makes it the perfect choice for those who don’t have a lot of room to garden.A recent trip around the JR Raulston Arboretum provided me with a magnificent look at their collection of hostas.
I have a large collection of hostas in my shade garden, but not many of the miniature varieties so I was pleased to come across this dwarf variety.
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Hosta ‘Cat and Mouse’
- Family: Liliaceae
- Genus: Hosta
- Cultivar: Cat and Mouse
This pretty perennial hosta has very thick yellowish-green leaves with blue green margins. It is a small mini hosta that is fine in half shade to half sun.
The plant grows to about 4-6 inches tall and 12 inches wide. Be sure to place it where it won’t get overtaken by larger hostas, especially giants like Hosta Blue Angel.
Hosta ‘cat and mouse’ has bell shaped pale lavender flowers in late spring or early summer. The flowers clump on top of scapes.
Cold hardy in zones 3-9. The plant grows from a rhizome.
Hosta ‘cat and mouse’ is great for ground covers, borders, rock gardens or miniature garden planters.
Propagate by division. This will give you new plants for free. The plant is a variegated sport of Hosta blue mouse ears.
General Growing tips for 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.
This perennial plant is 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.
Fairly disease resistant but be on the lookout for slug and snails.
More Hosta Varieties:
If you enjoy shade loving plants, these are some other varieties to check out.
Want to know what to grow in the garden along with hostas? Check out my post for hosta companion plants for some ideas.