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Hosta 'Abiqua Drinking Gourd'

Hosta 'Abiqua Drinking Gourd'

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Partial Shade
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








5 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Hosta 'Abiqua Drinking Gourd' Overview

Hosta 'Abiqua Drinking Gould' is a medium-sized perennial cultivar with cupped, frosty-blue leaves that will hold water. It won the Hosta of the Year Award in 2014. In mid to late summer it produces erect stems with nodding lavender flowers. All Hostas need some shade, and few will thrive in strong sunlight. A general rule is that the lighter foliage, the brighter the sunlight that will be tolerated. Variegated varieties tend to require more sun to keep their white, light green or gold stripes. The darker, bluer varieties need more shade. They are ideal for growing in North facing aspects of your garden where most other plants would struggle. Once established, Hostas are pretty tough and will spread horizontally to make an excellent ground cover. They are suitable for most garden styles and also look good in containers (but keep well watered and watch out for vine weevil in pots!). They require little care apart from tidying up spent leaves and flowers at the end of the growing season, and preferably an autumn mulch. Also in spring, to retain moisture. Hostas like a sheltered position in moist, well-drained soil and do best in a slightly acidic growing medium, but this isn't a necessity and any good garden soil - unless very alkaline - is fine.

Common problems with Hosta 'Abiqua Drinking Gourd'

Can be attacked slugs, snails and vine weevil.

How to harvest Hosta 'Abiqua Drinking Gourd'

Generally not harvested.

How to propagate Hosta 'Abiqua Drinking Gourd'


Divide clumps every 4 or 5 years in late summer or early spring. Ensure each section has 1 to 3 good buds and trim away damaged roots. Replant at their original depth in the ground with the shoots just poking through the soil. Water and apply a granular feed.

Special features of Hosta 'Abiqua Drinking Gourd'

Ground cover

Attractive leaves

Pot plant

Other uses of Hosta 'Abiqua Drinking Gourd'

This fantastic foliage plant is easily used for underplanting but it is equally grown in containers in urban courtyards and formal beds of cottage gardens. With an OPALS rating of 1, these plants are considered 'Good' to include in a low allergen planting scheme.