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PlantFiles: Hosta
Hosta 'Abiqua Drinking Gourd'

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Abiqua Drinking Gourd
Hybridized by Walden-West; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1989

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Plant Size (check one):
Large (leaf 81-144 square inches; plant 18-28 tall)

24-36 in. (60-90 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
Partial to Full Shade
Full Shade

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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:
Broadly Ovate
Nearly Round

Leaf Appearance:

Degree to which the appearance is present:

Leaf Texture (top):
Glaucous Bloom

Leaf Texture (bottom):

Leaf Substance:
1 (Thick)

Leaf Color:
Intensely Blue-Green

Color of Leaf Margin:
Medium Green

Number of Vein Pairs:
16 to 18

Appearance of Margin:
Flat/Nearly Flat

Margin Width:
No margin

Bloom Time:

Flower Shape:

Flower Fragrance:
No fragrance

Does it set seed?:
Yes; seed is viable

Bloom Color:
Near White

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6 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral cgrqw On Jun 21, 2014, cgrqw from Kamloops
Canada wrote:

Can the seeds just be let to fall on the ground for propagation? or do they need to be "planted", if so: How deep? I'm not familiar with the term "viable" (seed discussion)

Positive gardenlady123 On Jun 24, 2011, gardenlady123 from Plainwell, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:

absolutley love the deeply rippled leaves of this hosta. Ditto what all the positives say about it. Lovely.

Positive henryr10 On Jul 30, 2004, henryr10 from Cincinnati, OH (Zone 6b) wrote:

Give this plant a place in the shade to show off and you won't be disappointed.
Ours, after 3 years from a gallon pot, is easily 30" across and 20" tall.
Beautiful color, form, texture, leaf shape....... let's just say
ABSOLUTELY beautiful in all respects.

Once you've seen it in the rain, cups filling and emptying like a living sculpture, you will be mesmerized.

If you've not grown any Albiqua style Hosta start here.

Positive handhelpers On Jul 29, 2004, handhelpers from Coopersburg, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

one of my favorite hostas

Positive Rotella On Jul 27, 2003, Rotella wrote:

Outstanding blue color and leaf shape. Excellent slug resistance. A 'must have' for any hosta collector.

Positive jody On Aug 1, 2002, jody from MD &, VA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Great cupped leaves! Flower scapes 24"-30" high. Walden West 1989.

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

The most outstanding is the color and cupped shape of the leaf. This cultivar is worth growing as a specimen or a conversation piece.


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

, (2 reports)
Sitka, Alaska
Chico, California
Bonifay, Florida
Cordele, Georgia
Marietta, Georgia
Bloomington, Illinois
Machesney Park, Illinois
Quincy, Illinois
Washington, Illinois
Waukegan, Illinois
Marengo, Iowa
Tracys Landing, Maryland
Dracut, Massachusetts
Ipswich, Massachusetts
Leeds, Massachusetts
Lunenburg, Massachusetts
Plainwell, Michigan
Royal Oak, Michigan
Rochester, Minnesota
Lincoln, Nebraska
Cape May Court House, New Jersey
Sewell, New Jersey
Greene, New York
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Mount Airy, North Carolina
Pittsboro, North Carolina
Cincinnati, Ohio
Coshocton, Ohio
Glouster, Ohio
Salem, Oregon
Coopersburg, Pennsylvania
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Florence, South Carolina
North Augusta, South Carolina
San Antonio, Texas
Lexington, Virginia
South Hill, Washington
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Marion, Wisconsin
Owen, Wisconsin
Prairie Du Sac, Wisconsin

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