|That's one big hosta! Photo credit|
Empress Wu is named after the only female Emperor of China, and might be the biggest hosta in the world. It grows to 4 feet tall and 5-6 feet wide. The dark green leaves can reach 18 inches long and set off the lavendar flowers.
At first, I couldn't figure out if a hosta that big was really neat, or just obnoxious. Once I found out my local supplier had them, I just had to try a couple out. I'm going to plant them on either side of the kids' playhouse, giving it a fun, Alice in Wonderland type feel.
And if the kids go missing in the backyard, I'll know where to look.