Hosta 'Empress Wu'

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The largest Hosta ever introduced brings royalty to your shade garden!
Includes one plantable plug of Hosta 'Empress Wu'.
Elegant heart-shaped blue-green leaves with a quilted texture measure up to 1.5 feet long and wide! The large, deeply veined foliage of this Hosta sets it apart from other varieties. Maturing to a slightly shiny dark green appearance and ultimately reaching 3 to 4 feet tall and 5 to 6 feet wide, 'Empress Wu' forms a sturdy mound of foliage topped with pale lavender midsummer blooms. 'Empress Wu' gets its name from Wu Zetian, the only female in the history of China to have served as emperor (624 AD to 705 AD).


Is this for you?
'Empress Wu' draws in visiting butterflies, songbirds, and hummingbirds. Its midsummer blossoms are filled with the nectar that pollinators crave. Hostas are well-adapted to city environments, flourishing in areas where the air may be polluted by car exhaust.

An outstanding perennial from the very first season! Light violet-red blooms stick their noses out just above the foliage in mid-summer. 'Empress Wu' is highly versatile in the landscape, making an ideal border plant, focal point, mass planting, or container specimen. Its cut foliage and blossoms add an impressive touch to any flower vase. 'Empress Wu' also makes a great standalone specimen, and looks especially at home in a border arrangement or woodland garden behind smaller hostas or hardy ferns.

This versatile plant demands little to achieve its gigantic potential! Preferring a somewhat shady environment, 'Empress Wu' is easy to grow in well-drained soil. Once established, it will tolerate drought, heat, humidity, and even cold. Its seeds will self-sow if spent flowers are left on the plant after they fade, and dividing the plant is easily done during dormancy, giving you decades of reliably beautiful foliage. As an added bonus, 'Empress Wu' is deer and rabbit resistant.

Grows well throughout most of the continental U.S. Unfortunately, this product cannot ship to the following states and territories AK, HI, PR, VI, GUAM.


What to expect:
Plants ship to you based on your geographic location. We ship throughout the spring, starting in early March. Your shipment will be based on the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map which we have correlated to your zip code. This means you will receive your plants when it is the right time to plant in your area of the country.

You will receive one 2-inch plantable plug of Hosta 'Empress Wu'. This plant was carefully selected and packed for safe transport directly to you. Open immediately and follow the instructions for planting and care in the planting guide available online.

Plants reach maturity in 5 years. However, growth can be affected by many factors including fertilization and climate factors unique to your planting location.

Expect heaviest blooming in early summer with continuous blooming until midsummer. You will likely see a few flowers the first year with more and more flowers each year as the plant grows.


Plant Details
Botanical NameHardiness
Zones
Annual Or
Perennial
Bloom
season
ExposureDrought
Tolerant
Mature
Height
Mature
Width
Hosta 'Empress Wu' PP20774 CPBR4240 3-9 Perennial Summer Full to part shade No 3 to 4 feet 5 to 6 feet

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