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    Empress Wu Hosta

    Hosta 'Empress Wu'

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    Empress Wu Hosta (Hosta 'Empress Wu') at Hartman Companies

    Empress Wu Hosta

    Empress Wu Hosta

    (Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

    Empress Wu Hosta (Hosta 'Empress Wu') at Hartman Companies

    Empress Wu Hosta foliage

    Empress Wu Hosta foliage

    (Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

    Plant Height:  30 inches

    Flower Height:  4 feet

    Spacing:  5 feet

    Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

    Hardiness Zone:  3

    Other Names:  Plantain Lily, Funkia

    Description:

    Huge dark green deeply veined leaves of good substance; spikes of reddish violet flowers in early to mid-summer; one of the largest hosta varieties, it is an enormous focal point for the garden or border ends

    Ornamental Features

    Empress Wu Hosta features dainty spikes of violet tubular flowers rising above the foliage from early to mid summer. Its attractive enormous heart-shaped leaves remain dark green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

    Landscape Attributes

    Empress Wu Hosta is a dense herbaceous perennial with a mounded form. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

    This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

    • Insects

    Empress Wu Hosta is recommended for the following landscape applications;

    • Accent
    • Mass Planting
    • General Garden Use
    • Groundcover

    Planting & Growing

    Empress Wu Hosta will grow to be about 30 inches tall at maturity extending to 4 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 6 feet. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 5 feet apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

    This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

     
     
    Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
    Characteristics
    Accent  Massing  Garden  Groundcover 
    Applications
    Flowers  Foliage Color  Plant Form 
    Ornamental Features
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