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Abiqua Drinking Gourd is the 2014 Hosta of the Year and we aren’t surprised! Giant, cup-shaped leaves create a truly unique statement in the shade garden. (Hosta abiqua)

Zones 3 - 7
Easy to Grow
Easy to Grow
Light Requirements
Half Sun / Half Shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
Full Shade
Full Shade
Mature Plant Size 16-18" tall, 24-48" wide
Bloom Time Mid to late summer
Size Bag of 1

Plant Information

Hostas are shade lovers grown mostly for their beautiful foliage, and they're probably the very best plants for groundcover under trees in most parts of the U.S. Its simple: they're delighted to grow in shady spots where your grass will not. (They are super hardy in cold areas, but are somewhat difficult as far south as the Gulf Coast.)

Any gardener who lives in the huge area where Hostas are popular knows them. Now with over 1000 named cultivars, there are Hosta collectors everywhere. Just choose your favorites from the small, medium, and large sizes, and an endless choice of leaf designs. The plants, members of the lily family, are native to Korea, China and Japan, and gardeners there have used them for centuries for landscaping. The craze for Hostas is more recent in the U.S. And why not? They offer an endless variety of their wonderful fountain mound shape of handsome foliage--in lush shades of green, bluish-green, yellowish green, and all sorts of variegated types. Nothing is easier to grow; in fact, most gardeners simply ignore them, and they form their beautiful round shapes all by themselves, year after year.

Propagation is simple, too: If you've never divided a Hosta, let me tell you how simple and successful it can be. I once volunteered to help a friend divide three or four large, old Hosta clumps into smaller plants to line a shady walk. We began by digging them up, and then split the big fleshy root masses with a hatchet. Underground, Hostas are much like Daylilies, with fleshy, heavy masses of thick rootstocks. Once, we had the old clumps chopped into 8 or 10 equal-size pieces each, we simply dug a trench on both sides of the shady walk, and buried the pieces spaced evenly apart. They looked fine on through that summer, and the very next spring, each one was up, healthy, and already formed into a perfect circle! So don't think if you divide yours, you'll disturb that wonderful round fountain shape. They just recover and create a new whorled circle wherever you put the divided pieces. Today, that walk is edged with large, lush circles of Hosta foliage all season long.

The Flowers Yes, Hostas do flower, and some cultivars have quite beautiful blooms, mostly purplish, blue or white, on tall lily-like stems above the foliage. Hosta purists often nip off the flower stalks before they can bloom, preferring to throw all the growth into the all-important foliage of the plants.

Common Name Plantain Lily
Botanical Name Hosta
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Light Requirements Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade
Mature Height 16-18" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 24-48" wide
Bloom Time Mid to late summer
Planting Depth Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Ships As Bare Root
Foliage Color Blue-Green
Foliage Giant cup-shaped bluish green leaves.
Planting Time Spring / Summer
Soil Type Sandy Soil, Moist/Wet Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Moist/Wet
Advantages Easy to Grow
Additional Information Slug Resistant
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No


Shipping begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

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Pretty green foliage and grows well


from Fort Wayne, IN


  • Compliments Other Plants
  • Grows well


  • none

Best Uses

  • Grows Well Wfernshostas
  • Grows Well With Ferns
  • Needs Little Water
  • Shade Area

Comments about American Meadows Hosta Abiqua Drinking Gourd:

I planted it in a shade bed with other hostas and a fern. It grew well and has beautiful foliage.

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Nice addition to other hostas


from Mountain Home,AR

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  • Enjoy it


  • no cons

Best Uses

  • Shade Garden

Comments about American Meadows Hosta Abiqua Drinking Gourd:

Everything great,
Growing good

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USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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