Hosta 'Empress Wu' Description
Hosta Empress Wu is truly THE LARGEST Hosta we've EVER seen! Empress Wu will form a massive upright clump measuring 3-4 feet tall by 4-5 feet wide when mature.
Huge, thick textured, slug-proof green leaves measure over 18" across. Soft violet flowers in midsummer.
If Adam & Eve could only pick one leaf, this is the one!
This Hosta is certainly a conversation piece as it exudes an almost tropical feel in the shade garden. Family pets are often found nestling beneath the large leaves to find reprieve from the summer heat.
Although Hostas will grow in a wide range of soil, they will perform their best in a soil where organic matter has been added.
Plant this shade perennial with Hardy Ferns, deer-proof Hellebores, colorful Heuchera or Hydrangea.
Special Features: Cold Hardy, Cut Flower, Cut Foliage,Drought Tolerant, Easy Care, Foliage Interest, Heat Tolerant, Moisture Tolerant, Rabbit Resistant
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- Botanical Name:
Hosta 'Empress Wu'
- Common Name:
- Sun Exposure:
Shade, Part Shade
- Ship Form:
- Soil Type:
Normal, Sandy, Clay
- Soil Moisture:
- Height x Width:
4' X 5'
- Flower Color:
- Foliage Color:
- Bloom Season:
Accent, Background, Border, Container Gardening, Foundation Planting, Hedge, Massing, Privacy, Screen, Specimen, Waterside, Woodland
- Cannot Ship to:
AK,CAN, HI, PR
- Patent #:PPAF
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Soil: Evenly moist, organically rich, slightly acid, well-drained soils.
Light: Part shade to full shade -- Best in part shade (some morning sun or sun dappled conditions).
Water: Medium -- Established plants have some tolerance for dry shade (particularly plants with thick leaves), but soils should never be allowed to dry out. Water is best applied directly to the soil beneath the leaves.
Spacing: 4-5 feet
Fertilizing: Light application of time release fertilizer, or side-dress with compost and organic amendments when new growth appears in early spring.
Winterizing: Foliage should be cut back to the ground in the fall. Provide a winter mulch of evergreen boughs, 2" of leaves or salt marsh hay after the ground freezes to help prevent heaving, and protect the shallow crowns.
Maintenance & Pruning: GreatGardenPlants.com offers slug-proof varieties. However, there may be regions of the country where the environment is conducive to slugs. Slugs are the bane of Hostas; use slug bait, dishes of beer, and diatomaceous earth to discourage them. Groom plants by removing yellow or dead leaves and cut flower spikes back as they finish blooming in summer.