Common name: Hosta Hosta Empress Wu

Height: 3-4 Feet

Spread: 5-6 Feet

Scape Height: 4 Feet

Flower Color: Purple-red shades
Foliage Color: Green shades
Hardiness Zone: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9
Sun or Shade?: Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun) Full shade (< 4 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?: Average water needs Consistent water needs
Want to see wings?: Attracts hummingbirds
Need critter resistant plants?:Rabbit resistant
How fast should it grow?: Rapid
When should it bloom?: Early summer Midsummer
How's your soil?: Average Soil Fertile Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?: Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0) Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
What's your garden style?: Woodland/Shade Cottage Formal Asian Eclectic
  • Huge dark green, deeply veined leaves of good substance can measure more than 1½ feet wide and long. Large leaves are formed as a young plant, though entire clump takes about 5 years growing in the ground to achieve mature size.
  • Strongly upright habit, forming a very tall and wide clump
  • Pale reddish violet flowers appear just above the foliage in early to midsummer
  • An outstanding focal point and topic of conversation in your shade garden!
Hostas are exceedingly popular perennials in today's gardens due to their versatility in the landscape. Their subtle colors, tall flower scapes, and broad, coarse leaves fill a niche in garden designs that few other plants can achieve. Their large leaves provide excellent coverage for dying bulb foliage. Hostas also grow well in city environments where the air may be polluted by car exhaust, etc.
'Empress Wu' has been selected by gardening expert P. Allen Smith for his Platinum Collection. Here's what P. Allen has to say about this fabulous plant:
This is truly "A Hosta lover's dream! 'Empress Wu' is always a "jaw dropper" when guests see the size of her leaves and flowers on five foot tall stems."