Registered by Scott
Mark Malaguerra of Georgia in
an upright growing, large size (24 inches high by 40
sport of H. 'Empress
Wu'. The slightly blue-green
foliage has a medium green marginal variegation. Its
leaves are nearly round, moderately corrugated, slightly
wavy and dull on top. Pale lavender flowers bloom from
June into July.
The registration materials state: "...Variegated form of 'Empress Wu'
with large oblate leaves...The
blue fades to green as the
season progresses (much like all
blues in the south)."
Scott Smith, "The PPAF for Hosta ‘Wu Hoo’ can be a
updated to reflect PP31215 as the patent is final and
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