Hosta 'Abiqua Drinking Gourd'
- Large blue Hosta with cupped, puckered leaves
- Leaves will catch water, allowing birds & other critters a place to drink
- Thick leaves discourage both slugs & deer
Hosta 'Abiqua Drinking Gourd' is an award winning hosta. The dark blue-green seersuckered leaves with heavy substance display a unique cupped form. Nice white trumpet shaped flowers. Demonstrates good slug resistance. Named for a river in Oregon, 'Abiqua Drinking Gourd' is a cross between Hosta 'Tokudama' x H. sieboldiana. American Hosta Growers Hosta of the Year, 2014.
Uses: Asian Gardens, Borders, Cottage Gardens, Flower Beds, Landscapes, Mass Planting, Specimen, Woodland Gardens
Nature Attraction: Hummingbirds
Notable Features: Low Maintenance, Tolerates Heavy Shade, Cut Foliage Good for Vase Arrangements, Black Walnut Resistant
Growth Habit: Mounding, Upright-spreading
Homeowner Growing Tips: Hostas grow best in moist, well-drained soil with high organic content and slightly acidic to neutral pH. They prefer slightly sandy soil over heavy clays as they need aeration for the roots. Grow in high-filtered or dappled sunlight--they can tolerate morning sun, but not hot afternoon sun. Hostas are prone to slugs and deer browsing, though some kinds with thicker foliage may not be damaged as badly. Apply slug bait in early spring before the leaves have unfurled to prevent damage. Divide large clumps, if necessary, in spring when sprouts appear, or late summer. Remove dead foliage from the garden in late fall to early winter.