Hosta Shadowland™ 'Empress Wu'
Hosta Shadowland™ 'Empress Wu'

Hosta Shadowland™ 'Empress Wu'

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Quick Facts
Common Name: Plantain Lily
Hardiness Zone: 3-8S/9W Exposure: Part Shade
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Blooms In: Jul
Height: 3-4' Spacing: 4'
Read our Growing Guide Ships as: 1 PINT 28.86 CU IN.
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Product Details

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Looking for an impressive and unusual specimen? This tribute to the only female emperor in Chinese history certainly fits the bill. One of the largest Hostas available, dark green 'Empress Wu' matures to a height of 4′ in about 5 years. Flower scapes with light lavender blooms stick their noses just above the foliage. A Proven Winners® variety. PP 20,774

This genus of shade lovers has 70 species, all of them from China and Japan, and hybridizers have produced hundreds of exciting crosses. Hostas have many handsome leaf colorations and lavender or white Lily-like flowers on graceful stalks. Plants prefer a moist location, but we've had a mass planting thrive for more than 30 years under a row of Sugar Maples. (In the South and West, evenly moist soil is required.) Because Hostas are grown primarily for their foliage, we give the height of the leaves, not the flowers.

For more information on growing Hostas, click Growing Guide.

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HOW PLANTS ARE SHIPPED

The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.

WHEN WE SHIP

We ship our bulbs and plants at the right time for planting in your area, except as noted, with orders dispatched on a first-come, first-served basis by climate zone. Estimated dates for shipping are indicated in the Shipping Details box for each item. Please refer to the Shipping Details box to determine the earliest shipping time. Unless you specify otherwise, fertilizers, tools, and other non-plant items are shipped with your plants or bulbs. Please supply a street address for delivery. Kindly contact us with two weeks notice, if you'll be away at expected time of delivery.

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We guarantee to ship plants that are in prime condition for growing. If your order is damaged or fails to meet your expectations, we will cheerfully replace or refund it. Please contact our Customer Service Department at 1-800-503-9624 or email us at [email protected]. Please include your order number or customer number when contacting us.

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Never grew to promised size

A viewer from Western MA

I planted this hosta many years ago, maybe 7 or 8 years? It has never grown higher than about 15". The longest a leaf has gotten has been about 10". Other nearby hostas are thriving so I don't think the planting site is the problem

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BEAUTIFUL PLANT

A viewer from VIRGINIA

Am I the only person who read this? "One of the largest Hostas available, dark green 'Empress Wu' matures to a height of 4′ in about 5 years" from the second line of the product detail? I keep seeing all these posts expecting this plant to reach the maximum height with 1 year of growth. Please read the plant information.

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Nice

A viewer from North Chesterfield, Va

I bought this plant two years ago. I'm sure it will grow as tall as the picture in about 5 or 6 years. Mine is thriving and growing, but still not even half as tall as the picture. But its still growing. But yes I will buy again.

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Still small

A viewer from Southwest Missouri

I know that I've had this plant at least 4 years. It refuses to get over a few inches tall, despite regular water and moderate fertilizer. I'm going to try putting them in pots to see if that helps. I planted it in a shade garden and then was told it needs quite a bit of sun. I did not find that info on the sight, they emailed it to me when I questioned it not growing. Very disappointed!!

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So Far So Good

hippieluver from Kannapolis, NC

Can't wait to see these guys get full size in 5 years. Very small now, but understand that take a while to reach full size.

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Growing guide

Growing guide

Latin Name Pronunciation: hos'tuh  

The hybridizers have gone wild with Hostas , which are now available in sizes from a few inches to several feet tall with foliage in many bold or subdued patterns and colors. The larger varieties can be truly architectural and stand out as specimen plants, while other forms are ideal for edging, lighting up a woodland, or stabilizing a slope.

Light/Watering: Drought-tolerant once established, these plants are at their best in evenly moist soil in partial shade, although a very few will tolerate full sun with sufficient water. Once established, Hostas can take a good bit of drought, and will compete successfully with tree roots in the North, but need regular watering in the South.

Fertilizer/Soil and pH: Hostas thrive in average, even damp, soils that are slightly acid and will benefit from a light application of fertilizer in early spring. These low-maintenance plants can be ignored and they will still perform; to get the most out of them, however, provide deep, rich soil and consistent watering along with occasional side-dressing of compost or aged manure. An organic mulch is appreciated but keep it away from the crowns.

Pests/Diseases: Slugs are the bane of Hostas; use slug bait, dishes of beer, and diatomaceous earth to discourage them. Voles have been known to decimate plantings by eating the roots; trap or use another method to repel these varmints.

Companions: Hostas are lovely with other shade-lovers such as Ferns, Tiarella, taller Campanulas, Phlox divaricata, Daylilies and, especially, true Lilies. They are ideal when planted amid patches of spring-flowering bulbs, as their foliage will obscure the bulb foliage as it dies back.

Reflowering: Very few varieties will reflower; cut flower spikes off at their base when blooming is over.

Dividing/Transplanting: These forgiving plants are best divided in spring when the new leaves are still furled up, but both division and transplanting are successful throughout the season if attention is paid to thorough follow-up watering.

End-of-Season Care: Foliage should be cut back in the fall to eliminate cover for overwintering slugs but this can also done in the spring.

Calendar of Care

Early Spring: Apply a light application of balanced or slow-release fertilizer or side-dress with compost and organic amendments when new growth appears. Divide or transplant now before leaves unfurl. Water newly planted plants well if it is unseasonably dry, as Hostas prefer evenly moist soil.

Mid-Spring: Mulch plants after soil has warmed, keeping mulch away from the crowns to discourage rot.

Late Spring: Watch for slug damage and use preventative measures if slugs are active.

Summer: Groom plants by removing yellow or dead leaves and cut flower spikes back as they finish blooming, unless you want to collect seed.

Fall: Cut foliage back to soil level. For new plants, provide a winter mulch of evergreen boughs or salt marsh hay after the ground freezes to help prevent heaving.

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