A little background about Hosta 'Empress Wu'
This is reputedly the largest hosta in the world with leaves which can measure up to 61 cm in length and up to 150 cm in height.
Selected in the 1990s by Brian and Virginia Skaggs (Indiana, USA), it has only been available to collectors since 2007, thanks to the development of in vitro cultivation techniques.
What's in the name?
Hosta 'Empress Wu' was named after the only empress in China's entire history. (Wu Zetian - 624-705). Generally speaking in the horticultural world, the names of varieties are chosen by the breeder. Each variety has its unique name. The American Hosta Society together with the University of Minnesota Arboretum manage the register of the vast Hosta genus.
A garden giant.
You need to choose where to plant it very carefully. To do so, you should take two factors into consideration:
- Imagine a cube of 1.5m per side. This is the space your plant will fill after five years of special care.
- Hosta 'Empress Wu' will be an exceptional focus plant and a regular topic of conversation!
As it will only flourish in proper growing conditions, you will need good garden soil* and a partial shade location that is sheltered from drying winds.
While growing, the soil should be kept constantly moist, but not sodden. The nuance is important as too much damp can rot the roots.
Mulch with leaf compost and add a full organic fertiliser in early spring.
* fertile, moist, humus-rich and well-drained.
Photo credit: Walter Garden - USA
Article by Philippe Le Goff
- 12 cm pot
- Hardiness zones : zone 7-10
- Height: 100 cm to 130cm
- Plant spacing: 70 cm
- Flower colour: mauve
- Flowering period: summer flowers
® Unlicensed propagation prohibited.