Francee Hostas, otherwise known as the Francee Plantain Lily, is differentiated from other plants by its standout white border. Heart-shaped green leaves are edged in white, making the perennial a sophisticated choice for outdoor or container gardens. The Francee Hosta is a perfect fit if you’re searching for:
- A shade-loving and cold-resistant plant.
- A low-maintenance option that requires little more than well-drained soil.
- An interestingly-colored Hosta that maintains its vibrancy throughout the growing season.
The Francee Hosta is best known for its white-and-green heart-shaped leaves. At maturity, these leaves can grow up to eight inches, and the plant itself grows up to around 21 inches tall and three feet wide.
Low-maintenance and easy to grow, the Francee Hosta’s requirements are few. It appreciates partial shade and even tolerates full shade. And it thrives in many climates, from the North to the Southern United States. A good rule of thumb? Your Francee Hosta plant can tolerate more sunlight the further north you are. If you’re planting further south, your plant will need full shade. The Francee Hosta’s love of shade means that it can be planted in difficult-to-fill spots, beneath trees or taller shrubbery that don’t receive enough sun for other plants.
Plus, the plant’s moderate size makes it a great option to plant along borders, or to delineate garden sections. Other gardeners plant the Francee Hosta in decorative planters to add refinement to their front steps or back patios. In the summertime, the Francee Hosta will flower with stalks of purple blooms, adding a pop of color. Thought the Francee Hosta is easy to grow and maintain, there are a few things to keep in mind. It needs well-drained soil, and its roots should never sit in water. This is especially true if you grow Hostas in a snowy climate. Watch out for slugs, voles, and deer, all of which love Hostas.
Ensure you plant your Francee Hosta in the shade to partial sun and choose a space with well-drained soil. Dig a hole large enough to accommodate your Francee Hosta’s root ball, place your plant and backfill the surrounding soil. For container planting, select a pot that’s about twice the width of your plant’s root ball, place your Hosta, and backfill with organic soil mix.
Water your Hosta immediately after planting. Natural rainfall will take care of the rest.
|Mature Height:||1-2 ft|
|Mature Width:||1-2 ft|
|Sunlight:||Full to Partial Shade|
|Grows Well in Zones:||3-8|
|Your Growing Zone:||6|