Hosta “Francee” is a great choice for massing or using as a single specimen. (Richie Steffen)

Hosta “Francee” is a great choice for massing or using as a single specimen. (Richie Steffen)

Great Plant Pick: Hosta ‘Francee,’ francee hosta

What: Hosta “Francee,” or simply francee hosta, is a popular and vigorous hosta that quickly forms substantial clumps of bright green and white variegated foliage. It is a great choice for massing or using as a single specimen. In summer, tall spikes of lavender flowers compliment the variegated foliage. Flowers can be removed once the blooms have faded and the foliage can be cut to the ground in fall.

Size: The mounding perennial grows to be 2 feet tall and 3 feet wide when mature.

Where: Hostas prefer a location in light to open shade. Sites with hot sun should be avoided. Plant it in a location with rich moist to well-drained soils. Most hostas will tolerate sandy sites as well as clay.

Water: Provide regular watering during dry weather, especially in sandy soils.

— Richie Steffen, Great Plant Picks

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