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PlantFiles: Hosta
Hosta 'Francee'

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Francee
Hybridized by Klopping/AHS; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1986

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Plant Size (check one):
Large (leaf 81-144 square inches; plant 18-28 tall)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Growing Habit:

Growth Rate:

Leaf Shape:

Leaf Appearance:

Degree to which the appearance is present:

Leaf Texture (top):
Slightly Shiny

Leaf Texture (bottom):
Glaucous Bloom

Leaf Substance:
3 (Average)

Leaf Color:
Medium Green

Color of Leaf Margin:
Creamy White

Number of Vein Pairs:
12 to 15

Appearance of Margin:
Flat/Nearly Flat

Margin Width:
1/4" - 1/2"

Bloom Time:

Flower Shape:

Flower Fragrance:
No fragrance

Does it set seed?:
Yes; seed is viable

Bloom Color:
Pale Lavender

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7 positives
3 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Gabrielle On Feb 28, 2012, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

Kind of a nondescript hosta in my opinion. Blooms in July in my garden.

Positive ms_greenjeans On Nov 11, 2010, ms_greenjeans from Hopkins, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

I had an old variety of hosta planted in front of my house from the previous owners that always suffered from too much sun. I specifically chose to replace them with Francee hostas because they were supposed to tolerate more sun, and I liked the mounded shape and white edged-leaves. They worked perfectly. They bloom profusely and always look good.

Positive eclecticLC On Jun 19, 2009, eclecticLC from Oskaloosa, IA wrote:

I absolutely love this plant. I have it planted in full sun until about 4pm and it thrives. It is the biggest it has ever been this year. I also have it planted in shade and it is not doing much, will move it to more sun. The only time it does not do well in the sun is when the temps get above 95 and is dry. Also, flowers beautifully.

Positive Aezarien On May 29, 2009, Aezarien from Shelby, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

I have several different varieties of Hosta and this one is by far the toughest and as said before, while other varieties begin to look scraggly, this one keeps going.

Positive Jennie_in_MT On Jul 10, 2007, Jennie_in_MT from Lothair, MT (Zone 4a) wrote:

I think my dogs have dug poor Francee up several times. For some reason, she is planted in a spot that they have trashed over and over. But still this spring she came back. Now that is tough! Note to self: move her somewhere the canines will leave her in peace!

Neutral SalmonMe On Oct 23, 2004, SalmonMe from Springboro, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

I love all hostas, but this one didn't really stand out as much special. It did withstand afternoon sun from 4-dusk with no scorching. Otherwise nice, but not spectacular.

Positive ckp On Jun 2, 2004, ckp from Cortland, NY wrote:

I am growing this hosta in full, all-day sun in Delaware and it is absolutely robust and thoroughly stunning.

Positive Cytania On Jul 13, 2003, Cytania wrote:

I really like the sophisticated teal green shade of this hosta. So many variegateds go sickly yellow hues over the season. Francee just keeps clean white and dark green.

Neutral jody On Feb 19, 2003, jody from MD &, VA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Flower scapes 42". AHS Eunice Fisher Awared 1976. Klopping 1986.

Positive Greenwood On Jun 10, 2002, Greenwood from Bonifay, FL (Zone 8a) wrote:

The variegation pattern is attractive throughout the growing season and the growth rate is moderately fast.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Enterprise, Alabama
Huntsville, Alabama
Montgomery, Alabama
Malvern, Arkansas
Chico, California
Paradise, California
Denver, Colorado
Bear, Delaware
Bonifay, Florida
Augusta, Georgia
Canton, Georgia
Cordele, Georgia
Lithonia, Georgia
Marietta, Georgia
Newnan, Georgia
Stone Mountain, Georgia
Nilwood, Illinois
Washington, Illinois
Carmel, Indiana
Greenville, Indiana
Indianapolis, Indiana
Newburgh, Indiana
Oskaloosa, Iowa
Henderson, Kentucky
Salvisa, Kentucky
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Zachary, Louisiana
Cascade, Maryland
Severn, Maryland
Westminster, Maryland
Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Manistique, Michigan
Mason, Michigan
Royal Oak, Michigan
Traverse City, Michigan
Wyandotte, Michigan
Grand Rapids, Minnesota
Hopkins, Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota (2 reports)
New Ulm, Minnesota
Rochester, Minnesota
Bates City, Missouri
Saint Joseph, Missouri
Saint Louis, Missouri
Lothair, Montana
Cairo, Nebraska
Cape May Court House, New Jersey
Cortland, New York
Eden, New York
Fishers Landing, New York
Greene, New York
North Tonawanda, New York
Southold, New York
Durham, North Carolina
Fayetteville, North Carolina
Shelby, North Carolina
Taylorsville, North Carolina
Medora, North Dakota
Delaware, Ohio
Glouster, Ohio
Springboro, Ohio
Oakland, Oregon
Portland, Oregon
Salem, Oregon
Glen Mills, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Fort Mill, South Carolina
Greenville, South Carolina
Ladys Island, South Carolina
North Augusta, South Carolina
Christiana, Tennessee
Gallatin, Tennessee
Colmesneil, Texas
Corpus Christi, Texas
Hereford, Texas
Lipan, Texas
Palestine, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Santo, Texas
Hyrum, Utah
Big Stone Gap, Virginia
Leesburg, Virginia
Lexington, Virginia
Manassas, Virginia
Newport News, Virginia
Portsmouth, Virginia
Springfield, Virginia
Long Beach, Washington
Madison, Wisconsin
Marion, Wisconsin

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