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
Registered or introduced: 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:

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:

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

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:

, (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 (2 reports)

Rochester, Minnesota

Lincoln, Nebraska

Cape May Court House, New Jersey

Sewell, New Jersey

Greene, New York

Levittown, 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

Vienna, Virginia

South Hill, Washington

Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Marion, Wisconsin

Owen, Wisconsin

Prairie Du Sac, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


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)


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.


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.


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

one of my favorite hostas


On Jul 27, 2003, Rotella wrote:

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


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

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


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.