Hosta 'Abba Dabba Do'


Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Abba Dabba Do
Hybridized by Avent
Registered or introduced: 1998
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Plant Size (check one):

Large (leaf 81-144 square inches; plant 18-28 tall)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:


Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Growing Habit:


Growth Rate:


Leaf Shape:


Leaf Appearance:


Degree to which the appearance is present:


Leaf Texture (top):

Slightly Shiny

Leaf Texture (bottom):

Glaucous Bloom

Leaf Substance:

2 (Good)

Leaf Color:

Dark Green

Color of Leaf Margin:

Golden Yellow

Number of Vein Pairs:

16 to 18

Appearance of Margin:

Slightly Rippled

Margin Width:

1/8" - 1/4"

Bloom Time:


Flower Shape:


Flower Fragrance:

No fragrance

Does it set seed?:

Yes; seed is viable

Bloom Color:

Pale Lavender

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Bonifay, Florida

Marietta, Georgia

Caseyville, Illinois

Machesney Park, Illinois

Lunenburg, Massachusetts

North Easton, Massachusetts

Lowell, Michigan

Cape May Court House, New Jersey

Pittsboro, North Carolina

Belfield, North Dakota

Coshocton, Ohio

Coopersburg, Pennsylvania

North Augusta, South Carolina

Cookeville, Tennessee

Lexington, Virginia

Vancouver, Washington

Lake Delton, Wisconsin

Owen, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 4, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

If I could get the deer to quit eating it, this hosta would probably do a lot better. Why those silly animals eat this one more than the others is beyond me, but it looks like I'm growing celery sticks most of the time. Photosynthesis is not an option for this poor plant. I may never be able to post a photo of it to the PDB. boo hoo


On Jul 13, 2004, jody from MD &, VA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Leaf size: 12" long, 6" wide. Flower scapes 35". Semi Upright growth habbit. Sport of H. Sun Power, T. Avent 1998.


On May 6, 2002, Greenwood from Bonifay, FL (Zone 8a) wrote:

This plant is a large mound of green centered gold margin foliage. Makes an excellent background plant.