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Hosta fortunei ‘Francee’

Plantain lily

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  • Hosta fortunei ‘Francee’ | Copyright Greenplantswap 2019
  • Hosta fortunei ‘Francee’ | Copyright Greenplantswap 2019

Features

  • BloomsJuly to August
  • Height0.5m to 0.6m
  • Growth HabitLarge-leaved
  • Flower ColourPale violet
  • Leaf ColourMid green, narrow white margins

Description

Hosta fortunei ‘Francee’ (Plantain lily). Produces ovate to heart-shaped, slightly cupped, puckered, olive-green leaves, with irregular white margins. Arching leafy-scapes, bear funnel-shaped, lavender-blue flowers in summer.

Characteristics

Perennial, Deciduous, Fragrant

Other common names

Renge-giboshi

Origin

China, Japan

Interest and use

Walls, rock garden, ground cover, borders, shade, ornamental, foliage, fragrance, cutting bed Summer interest.

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  • Hosta fortunei ‘Francee’ | Copyright Greenplantswap 2019
  • Hosta fortunei ‘Francee’ | Copyright Greenplantswap 2019

Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Sandy
  • Soil pH7.0
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

All Hostas need some shade and few will thrive in open strong sunlight. A general rule is that the lighter foliage, the brighter the sunlight that will be tolerated. Variegated varieties tend to require more sun to keep their white, light green or gold stripes. The darker, bluer varieties need more shade.

Once established, Hostas are pretty tough and will spread horizontally to make excellent ground cover.

Propagation

Propagate by division of the fleshy crowns in early spring. Seed raised plants very rarely come true to type (except H.ventricosa).

Pests, diseases or disorders

Attracts Slugs

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