Hostas forum: Mini Hosta

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FRANCE (Zone 9a)
May 1, 2015 11:34 PM CST
I have the so Nice Blue mouse Ears since 2 or 3 years
I just find Holy mouse;nice too !

I am looking for advice of choice for this so nice Hostas
so difficult to find in France

Name: Diann
Iowa (Zone 5a)
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Lilies Peonies
May 6, 2015 8:22 PM CST


Are you just looking for mini hostas? Or just the mouse family of hostas? Smiling
FRANCE (Zone 9a)
May 7, 2015 4:22 AM CST
I'am looging for mini hostas
Not only mouse family
Name: Diann
Iowa (Zone 5a)
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Lilies Peonies
May 8, 2015 7:54 PM CST


Oh wow, the sky is the limit. Smiling I have one bed I call The Land of the Mini's. Smiling Have you ever checked out the Hosta Library? It's a good reference for hostas. Smiling
Name: Gerry Donahue
Pleasant Lake, IN (Zone 5b)
Hostas Garden Ideas: Level 2
May 12, 2015 4:19 PM CST
I have been busy collecting mini and small hostas for some years, and I have enough to sell some. And yes, I do reference the

Dwarf and miniature hostas, and a few smaller of the small hostas.

Name Height

Allan P McConnell. 10"
Appletini. 6"
Azuretini. 10"
Baby Booties. 5"
Betsy Gold 5"
Blue Mouse Ears. 6"
Cameo. 4"
Cat's Eyes. 4"
Chartreuse Wiggles. 6"
Cheatin Heart. 5"
Citratini. 8"
Con Te Partiro. 9"
Crumb Cake. 5"
Dinner Mint. 7"
Dorset Blue. 8"
Dragon Tail. 8"
Fall Dazzler. 8"
Frosted Mouse Ears. 7"
Gemstone. 7"
giant land Sunny Mouse Ears. 3"
Goober. 10"
Green Eyes. 3"
Green Mouse Ears. 8"
Hacksaw. 9"
Hearts Galore. 6"
Hideout. 6"
Holy Mouse Ears. 6"
Illicit Affair. 6"
Imp. 3"
Indigo. 10"
It's Bitsy Spider. 2.5"
Itty Gold. 8"
Lakeside Baby Face. 8"
Lakeside Cupcake. 6"
Lemon Lime. 5"
Lemon Delight. 7"
Lemon Zest. 6"
Lemontini. 7"
Lime Zest. 6"
Limetini. 8"
Limey Lisa. 6"
Little Aurora. 10"
Little Devil. 6"
Little Starlet. 6"
Merlin. 10"
Moonstruck. 10"
O'Harra. 7"
Popo. 5"
Quilting Bee. 8"
Regal Tot. 5.5"
Saketini. 9"
Silver Mine. 2"
Strawberry Yogurt. 6"
Tea and Crumpets. 8"
Teaspoon. 8"
Teeny-weeny Bikini. 4"
Thumbelina. 8"
Tiny Tears. 2"
Tot Tot. 3"
Twilightine. 8"
venusta 5"
Winsome. 8"
Woodland Elf. 5"

Some pictures are available on the ATP database.

Please look at pictures on

Name: Jason
Gold Bar, Washington (Zone 8b)
May 12, 2015 5:45 PM CST
Heres our two "Island Charm" hostas. they get no bigger than 12 inches across and 8 inches high. we have sevarla of them in different parts of the yard. they're great at plugging holes!
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Name: Diann
Iowa (Zone 5a)
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Lilies Peonies
May 14, 2015 2:49 PM CST


Nice list Prof. Smiling

Jason, that a nice and healthy Island Charm. Smiling
Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
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May 16, 2015 6:25 AM CST
I don't have all on Gerry's list, but here's my experience with those I do have.

Allan P McConnell. 10" - nice small hosta, but NOT a mini. Grows fast and is easy to divide. Makes great borders.

Blue Mouse Ears. 6" - the best growing of this series for me.
Frosted Mouse Ears. 7" - another which has grown reasonably well for me but which is very, small this year.
Holy Mouse Ears. 6" - had one. It, and ALL the other white-centred "mice" I've had have reverted to solid colour. This family is quite unstable.

Cameo. 4" - the best growing of this family other than 'Baby Bunting' which is solid blue.
Dragon Tail. 8" - nice yellow mini
Illicit Affair. 6" - grows well for me
Lakeside Cupcake. 6" - definitely NOT a mini. Mine is about 12" and in some years the leaves have been huge. But I've also found it a very slow grower.

Limey Lisa. 6" - grows fast and makes a low dense mat. Good for ground cover.
Moonstruck. 10" - I've found this one to be a very fussy, slow growing hosta and I'm getting rid of it. I don't think it's a mini.
Popo. 5" - cute little hosta
Teaspoon. 8" - another which is not a mini although it is small. Grows very fast; so allow space for it.
Teeny-weeny Bikini. 4" - have had and lost two. It was the smallest hosta in my garden.
Tiny Tears. 2" - fast growing mini

You'll find a list of registered mini hostas at:
And others which are recognized by the AHS as mini, but not registered are at:

Other registered minis which I have in my garden are:
'Blue Cadet' - fast growing, solid blue, registered mini
'Church Mouse' - another "mouse" which does well for me and has ruffled leaves
'Country Mouse' - a different family from the "mouse ears" family and I like this one the best of all. Grows well.
'Curly Fires' is a registered mini, but somehow I don't think it will stay on the list long. At least mine has leaves which are too large for the criteria.
'Kifukurin Ko Mame' if you can find it, is a wonderful mini. One of my earliest hostas, it grows fast, is easy to divide and makes a wonderful border.

'Kinbotan' grows nearly as fast as KKM above, but is lower to the ground.
'Lakeside Elfin Fire' - grows well for a white-centred mini.
'Lakeside Zinger' - is a bit streaky and grows fast
'Lemon Frost' - another fast-growing mini. 'Twist of Lime' is in the same family but doesn't grow quite as quickly for me. (There are others in the family which I don't have).

'Little Red Rooster' has red legs and has grown well.
'Masquerade' - was an early hosta and it grew well for years, but I eventually lost it. I have a replacement, but it's growing very slowly.
'Pandora's Box' of the "Baby Bunting' family struggles. Mine is hanging on, but barely.
'Pixie Vamp' which is a registered mini but grows quite quickly - one of the very best of my newer hostas

'Surprised by Joy' I've had for a long time but it struggles with slugs.
'Tears of Joy' - really cute little, upright mini
'X-rated' - one of the best growing of mini hostas with white leaf centres.

There are pictures of all my hostas on SmugMug if you follow the link below.


Pictures of all my hostas, updated annually and tracked since 2008 begin at:

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