Hosta 'Francee'


Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Francee
Hybridized by Klopping-AHS
Registered or introduced: 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:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant is said to grow outdoors 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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Gardeners' Notes:


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

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


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.


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.


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.


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!


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.


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.


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.


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

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


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.