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Hosta Francee


plantain lily

Bright white edging to the leaves

One of the most popular green and white variegated hostas, forming a domed mound of striking foliage. The broad, heart-shaped blue-green leaves are slightly puckered and conspicuously edged with white. In summer strong stems rise above the leaves carrying trumpet-shaped lavender-blue flowers. Remove the flower stems after flowering and the foliage retains its freshness until early autumn.


Best in semi-shade in beds and borders with ferns and moisture-loving perennials. Ideal under the light shade of deciduous trees. Good in a pot or container.


Any reasonably moist fertile soil. Protect from slugs and snails, especially early in the season. Remove dead leaves and flower stems when they die back in winter.

Plant details

In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Perennial
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Autumn, Spring, Summer
Flowering June - August
Evergreen No
Plant height 50 cm - 100 cm
Plant width 50 cm - 100 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 100 cm
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H7

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Clay, Loam
Light exposure Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden, Flower border and beds, Patio container, City garden

Typically available

From April to September