Hosta 'Abiqua Drinking Gourd'

This hostas was originated by Dr. Charles Purtymun at Walden West Nursery in Oregon. He registered it in 1989 as a hybrid of H. 'Tokudama' × H. 'Sieboldiana' . As the name implies, it is noted for its heavily cupped leaves and corrugated, blue-green foliage. This large size (24 inches high) plant has near white flowers from late June into July followed by viable seeds.

The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), says that this plant falls into a group in the H. 'Sieboldiana' species and consists of "registered seedlings that have either 'Elegans' or an 'Elegans' sport (e.g. 'Frances Williams', 'Northern Halo', etc.) as a parent. All of these have blue-green foliage and represent the range of 'Elegans' types that can be found."

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), this cultivar "...is the most well-known of the Abiquas. Even more significantly, it sets the standard for cupping in hostas..."

From the Field Guide to Hostas by Mark Zilis (2014), "Its combination of cupping, rich blue-green color, and corrugation makes it a superior specimen plant in the garden. It also has value as a breeding plant."

The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by Diana Grenfell (2009) states: "Protect from strong wind. Avoid planting directly under a tree canopy to prevent detritus falling into the leaves...Depth of the leaf cupping can be up to 4 in (10 cm). The powdery gray underside of the leaves is often visible because of the cupping."


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