Hosta 'Royal Empress'

Registered by Don Rawson of Michigan in 2016, this fast growing, giant size (32 inches high by 60 inches wide) cultivar is a sport of H. 'Empress Wu'. The medium green foliage has a chartreuse colored marginal variegation. Its leaves are lightly cupped, corrugated, broadly ovate and slightly shiny on top. From late June into July, very pale lavender flowers with faint striping bloom on scapes up to 4 feet tall. It sets viable seeds.

The registration materials state: "Marginally-variegated sport of H. 'Empress Wu' that withstands full sun. Chartreuse margins stay same color all season. Same growth rate and mammoth size as 'Empress Wu'...Very little color change throughout the season.


An article by Warren I. Pollack in The Hosta Journal  (2020 Vol. 51 No. 1) titled Doppelgänger Hostas: Fancy Name for Look-alike Hostas, included a long list of hostas which various hostaphiles, published articles or other sources have indicated "look" the same. Some of these are, in fact, the same plant with two or more different names. Others are hostas that vary in some minor trait which is not immediately discernable to the casual observer such as seasonal color variations, bloom traits, ploidy, etc. So, as Warren mentions, hostaphiles may differ as to the plants listed but then, their opinions are based on visual observations and interpretations.

H. 'Royal Empress', H. 'Wu Hoo', H. 'Wu La La' and H. 'Wundebar'.



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