Thursday, July 12, 2012

Hosta "Empress Wu"

I think I first learned about Hosta 'Empress Wu" on Pinterest.

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.

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