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HOSTA 'Abiqua Drinking Gourd'

Image of Hosta 'Abiqua Drinking Gourd'

James H. Schutte

Family

Liliaceae

Botanical Name

HOSTA 'Abiqua Drinking Gourd'

Plant Common Name

Abiqua Drinking Gourd Plantain Lily, Hosta, Plantain Lily

General Description

Hostas are mound-forming herbaceous perennials grown mostly for their attractive foliage. The substantial ‘Abiqua Drinking Gourd’ is a medium to large hosta that forms clumps. Its leaves are very round, thick and corrugated like cardboard. They are blue-green in color and deeply cupped. White flowers are tubular and appear on tall stems held above the foliage in late summer.

Overall, this hosta grows best in full to partial shade and tolerates a wide range of well-drained soil types. 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. Hosta are best used in shaded perennial gardens or can be massed as an herbaceous groundcover.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 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

    Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    16"-22" / 40.6cm - 55.9cm

  • Width

    14"-36" / 35.6cm - 91.4cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer

  • Native To

    Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Blue Green, Slate Gray, Steel Blue

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Blue Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • 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

    No