Empress Wu Hosta
The Largest Hosta Available!
Hosta "Empress Wu" is for you if you want...
• a stunning centerpiece plant
• to impress your neighbors
• to fill up a shady space
"Wow" is the word that you'll frequently hear when Hosta 'Empress Wu' reaches full size, and even before. Empress Wu is perhaps the largest hosta available, reaching up to a more-than-impressive 5 feet high and 8 feet wide. As if its size isn't enough to earn this hosta a place of honor in any garden, if also gives pale lilac-colored flowers on short stems in the summer for added interest. All round, Hosta 'Empress Wu' is a show-stopper.
There's visually more...
Hosta 'Empress Wu' is more interesting than just its size. The huge, over 2 feet long, leaves are heart-shaped and change color slightly over its growing period, giving spectators something different to look at over time. The leaves start out shiny and a blue-green color in spring, changing to a matte finish and losing the blue tint in summer.
Some initial prep -- but not much
A plant this size requires some preparation for its soil and the Hosta 'Empress Wu', requires just some initial care, particularly organic compost to give a rich soil. Beyond this, Empress Wu is not temperamental at all, growing well in any average, well-drained soil of medium moisture. This hosta prefers shady conditions and doesn't do well in full sun.
Some maintenance required
You do have to invest a little time and effort into this awe-inspiring hosta, but Empress Wu is certainly worth the effort. Consistent moisture throughout the growing season is important so set up a watering schedule, and apply the water directly to the soil, not to the plant's leaves. Examine the leaves for holes which indicates that the hosta has a slug or snail problem; you'll need to address this immediately. You can remove the dead leaves anytime after the fall when the plant becomes dormant.
Any shady spot
Hosta 'Empress Wu' is such a spectacular sight that it fits into any style of garden design. Use Empress Wu to fill up an awkward large shady area or make it the centrepiece of a woodland garden. Grouping several together gives quick and effective, though tall, ground cover.