Hosta 'Francee'

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Common Name: hosta
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Family: Asparagaceae
Zone: 3 to 9
Height: 1.00 to 2.00 feet
Spread: 1.00 to 3.00 feet
Bloom Time: June to August
Bloom Description: Pale lavender
Sun: Part shade to full shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Flower: Showy
Leaf: Colorful
Tolerate: Heavy Shade, Black Walnut

Culture

Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in part shade to full shade. Tolerant of a wide range of soil conditions. Performs best in rich, moist, organic soils. Plants need consistent moisture during the growing season. Water is best applied directly to the soil beneath the leaves. Divide plants as needed in spring or autumn. Division is usually easiest in early spring before the leaves unfurl.

Noteworthy Characteristics

‘Francee’ is generally considered to be one of the best of the white-margined hostas. It is a sport of H. 'Fortunei Albomarginata'. It typically matures in a dense, arching mound to 21" tall and to 36" wide. Heart-shaped, dark green leaves (to 8" long) have narrow white margins. Foliage holds good color throughout the growing season. Funnel-shaped, pale lavender flowers in dense racemes appear in late summer atop leafy green scapes rising above the foliage mound to 30” tall. M. Klopping & AHS 1986.

Problems

Slugs and snails are attracted to the foliage, chewing jagged holes in the leaves, and if left unchecked, can cause serious damage over a fairly short period of time. Leaf spots and crown rot are less frequent problems. Otherwise, hostas are virtually pest-free and are considered ideal low-maintenance garden perennials. Leaves, particularly of exposed plants, can be severely damaged by hail storms.

Garden Uses

Hostas are a mainstay of shade gardens. This white-margined hosta makes an interesting garden specimen. It is also very effective in groups or massed as a ground cover. It can be mixed with other perennials in shady borders, shade gardens or woodland gardens.