Hosta 'Wu-La-La'
aka SHADOWLAND® 'Wu-La-La'
 

Registered by Hans Hansen in 2020, and introduced by Walters Gardens, Inc. of Michigan as part of its SHADOWLAND® Collection, this giant size (29 inches high by 68 inches wide) sport of H. 'Empress Wu'. It has blue-green, broadly ovate foliage with chartreuse marginal variegation. The leaves are slightly corrugated and dull on top. Pale lavender flowers with pale lavender interior stripes and translucent margins bloom in July on scapes 24 to 47 inches tall followed by viable seeds in green pods.

The registration materials state: "...Blue-green leaves with striking yellow margins have good substance and the clump size is the same as ‘Empress Wu’...chartreuse margins become brighter through the season."

One source stated that, "Like 'Empress Wu', this hosta will take about 5 years to reach full maturity and size." Also, this hosta has been patented under number PP 31,309.
 

 

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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