Today there are over 45 species of this shade-loving plant.
The American Hosta Society was established by Eunice Fisher and has over 350,000 members.
Today hosta leaves range from about 4" across to one approaching a wonderful 6' across! This one is named for the Chinese Empress Wu who was a cruel tyrant, therefore the most remembered. It could be that the largest hosta was named for her for she was "bigger than life."
Slugs and snails are also hosta lovers. They love to chew jagged holes in the beautiful leaves. Slug pellets sprinkled around the plant offers an alternative food source for slugs and snails and will take care of the problem.
The writer has divided and shared many variety of his hostas. True flower-lovers do this.
It would seem that there is desire among many hostaphiles to develop the largest hosta plant. (We just made up this term--couldn't help it.)