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HOSTA 'Abba Dabba Do'

Image of Hosta 'Abba Dabba Do'

Family

Liliaceae

Botanical Name

HOSTA 'Abba Dabba Do'

Plant Common Name

Abba Dabba Do Plantain Lily, Hosta, Plantain Lily

General Description

Hostas need shade, right? Not always. The yellow-margined ‘Abba Dabba Do’ and other hostas with yellow leaves, tend to need more light for brilliant leaf color. Hostas are clump-forming herbaceous ornamentals grown mostly for their attractive foliage. The green, heavy leaves with creamy-gold margins of ‘Abba Dabba Do’ are lance-shaped with a slight twist. They emerge green in the spring; the variegated margin develops and widens with age. The plants have an overall spreading to vase-like shape. The light lavender flowers are funnel or bell-shaped and appear on tall, sturdy stems in the summer.

Overall, this hosta grows best in full to partial shade and tolerates a wide range of well-drained soil types. It needs morning sun to maintain good leaf color. Hostas have average water needs, but prefer even moisture. In hot and dry conditions most develop dry leaf edges and tips. Pests are also a problem. Slugs and snails favor hosta leaves and riddle them with holes, and deer will feast on them if given the chance. Hostas are best used in shaded perennial gardens or can be massed as an herbaceous groundcover.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 2

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm

  • Width

    50"-60" / 127.0cm - 152.4cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer

  • Native To

    Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Lavender, Ivory

  • Fruit Color

    Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Gold

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Slate Gray, Steel Blue

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Gold

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Bold

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Edging, Feature Plant, Groundcover, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes