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Hosta 'Empress Wu' PP 20,774

B. Skaggs 08

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Item #: 2863

Zones: 3a to 8b

Dormancy: Winter

Height: 48" tall

Culture: Part Sun to Light Shade

Origin: Hybrid

Pot Size: 3 qt. (2.8 L)

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Hosta 'Empress Wu' is the largest-growing hosta on the market...a cross derived from forcing Hosta 'Big John' into some unnatural self-satisfaction. Our guess is that Hosta 'Empress Wu' has both Hosta sieboldiana and Hosta nigrescens in its background. In the garden, our vigorous three-year-old plants are already 3' tall x 6' wide, on their way to a mature size of 4' tall x 9' wide. The extremely large clumps of glossy green leaves that emerge blue-green in spring are topped with 5' tall stalks of light lavender flowers in June (NC). As you no doubt guessed, Hosta 'Empress Wu' is named after the late Empress Wu, the only female emperor of China.


Like most Hosta lilies, Hosta 'Empress Wu' needs no special maintenance. Be sure you allow plenty of room, since this giant growing hosta can become quite large, smothering other smaller hostas.

Growing Conditions:

As with all hostas with large foliage like 'Empress Wu' hosta, you'll need plenty of soil moisture to keep the leaves hydrated. If you'd like to maximize the size, add plenty of compost or manure to the bed. Hosta 'Empress Wu' prefers light open shade, where it will reach its maximum size. It does not tolerate direct sun, and growth slows dramatically when planted in dense shade.