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December 11, 2017

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Hosta 'Abiqua Drinking Gourd'
Hosta hybrid 
 

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2014 Hosta of the Year ™
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Zone: 3 to 9
Perennial
Vitals
EXPOSURE
Part Sun to Shade
BLOOM SEASON
Blooms early summer
SIZE
14"-18"
24"
GREENHOUSE
LOCATION
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Cultivar Notes - 'Abiqua Drinking Gourd'
Uniquely cupped, deep blue-green leaves that are heavily corrugated and slug resistant. Hostas offer a fascinating combination of color and texture! They remain attractive from spring to frost and increase in value with every passing year.
Genus Notes - Hosta
Hosta, part of the Lily family, has numerous recognized species, virtually all native to Japan. The currently used name was introduced in 1812, in honor of a royal physician, Nicholaus Thomas Host (1761-1834).

The post-World War II gardening world has witnessed an astonishing explosion of interest in these treasured plants. And new species of Hosta are still being found. A 1985 plant-hunting expedition to the remotest regions of the Japanese archipelago uncovered two previously unknown species.

With their extraordinary hardiness and affinity for cool, shady haunts, Hostas offer ornamental foliage in silvery-blue, yellow-green, and rich green; all manner of variegation, and a wide variety of leaf sizes and shapes.

Hostas are exceedingly popular perennials in today's gardens due to their versatility in the landscape. Their subtle colors, tall flower scapes, and broad, coarse leaves fill a niche in garden designs that few other plants can achieve.

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