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
An article by
Warren I. Pollack in
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.
Empress', H. 'Wu
Hoo', H. 'Wu La La' and