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Francee Hosta

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An outstanding variety producing dense, arching mounds of dark green, heart-shaped foliage with eye-catching white margins; lavender flowers rise above on tall scapes during the midsummer months; adds color, contrast and texture to shaded beds and borders

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
18 inches (24 inches with the flowers)
Average Landscape Width:
3 feet
Growth Rate:
medium
Genus:
Hosta
Cultivar:
Francee
Flower Color:
lavender
Flower Period:
in mid summer
Summer Foliage Color:
forest green
Minimum Light:
shade
Maximum Light:
partial shade
Minimum Moisture:
average
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Plant Form:
over mound
Canopy:
closed
Pruning:
spring cleanup
Pollution Tolerance:
medium
Other Species Names:
Plantain Lily, Funkia
Branching:
herbaceous
Density:
dense
Spacing:
30 inches
Flower Form:
bell

Ornamental Features

Francee Hosta features dainty spikes of lavender bell-shaped flowers rising above the foliage in mid summer. Its attractive textured heart-shaped leaves remain forest green in color with distinctive white edges throughout the season.

Landscape Attributes

Francee Hosta is a dense herbaceous perennial with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

Planting & Growing

Francee Hosta will grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity extending to 24 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 3 feet. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 30 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!

This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

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