Hosta SHADOWLAND® 'Empress Wu'
- A true giant--perhaps our largest-growing Hosta
- Large, dark green leaves and light purple flowers
- Excellent substitute for ornamental shrubs
Hosta SHADOWLAND® 'Empress Wu' has huge, dark green, deeply veined foliage of good substance. Leaves can measure more than 1 1/2 feet long and wide. Has a strong, upright habit that forms a tall and wide clump. In early to mid summer pale reddish-violet flowers appear just above the foliage. Superb variety that makes a great conversation piece in the garden! Named for the only female emperor in the history of China. Voted one of the top ten Hosta varieties in an American Hosta Society poll.
Uses: Beds, Borders, Landscapes, Cut Flower
Nature Attraction: Hummingbirds
Growth Habit: Mounding
Homeowner Growing Tips: Hostas grow best in moist, well-drained soil with high organic content and slightly acidic to neutral pH. They prefer slightly sandy soil over heavy clays as they need aeration for the roots. Grow in high-filtered or dappled sunlight--they can tolerate morning sun but not hot afternoon sun. Hostas are prone to slugs and deer browsing, though some kinds with thicker foliage may not be damaged as badly. Apply slug bait in early spring before the leaves have unfurled to prevent damage. Divide large clumps, if necessary, in spring when sprouts appear, or late summer. Remove dead foliage from the garden in late fall to early winter.