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Hosta 'Frances Williams'

Hosta 'Frances Williams'

Classic elegance from this heirloom hosta
ZONE 3,4,5,6,7,8
As low as $12.99
  • Unique blue-green variegated leaves
  • Heirloom favorite for nearly 100 years
  • More resistant to sun and slugs than other hostas
  • For the most vibrant color, we recommend some morning sun
  • Ship size: Jumbo 1 quart pot
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Hosta 'Frances Williams' Description


Hosta 'Frances WIlliams' has been a garden favorite since its introduction in the 1930s by Ms. Frances Williams, a devoted hosta enthusiast. This yellow and blue beauty has truly stood the test of time and deserves a spot in your shade garden.

'Frances Williams' gives a large and bold impression in the garden, with thick, deeply ribbed leaves of blue-green, edged with yellow. Summer brings spikes of purple flowers. A mature specimen makes for a refreshing sight on a hot summer day. Thick leaves make it a bit more sun tolerant, drought resistant, and slug resistant than other hostas.

Special features: Cold hardy, Cut flower, Cut foliage, Easy care, Foliage interest, Heat tolerant, Heirloom, Moisture tolerant, Rabbit resistant, Variegated

Quick Facts

  • Botanical name:
    Hosta 'Frances Williams'
  • Common name:
    Hosta, Plantain lily, Funkia
  • Zone:
  • Sun exposure:
    Shade, Part shade
  • Delivery:
    See schedule
  • Ship form:
    1 quart
  • Soil type:
    Normal, Sandy, Clay
  • Soil moisture:
    Average, Moist
  • Height x width:
    18-24" x 36-42"
  • Flower color:
    Light lavender
  • Foliage color:
    Gold with green margins
  • Bloom season:
    Late summer
  • Uses:
    Accent, Border, Container gardening, Foundation planting, Massing, Specimen, Woodland
  • Cannot ship to:
    AK, CAN, HI, PR
  • Patent #:



Soil: Average to moist soils, high in organic matter (compost, manure) are best.
Light: Part shade to full shade -- Best in part shade (some morning sun or sun dappled conditions).
Water: Medium -- Established plants have some tolerance for dry shade (particularly plants with thick leaves), but soils should never be allowed to dry out. Water is best applied directly to the soil beneath the leaves.
Spacing: 2 - 2.5 feet
Fertilizing: Apply a layer of compost or rotted manure in spring - this helps retain moisture and enriches soil.
Winterizing : Mulch or cover the crowns of the plants with cut branches or dry leaves in winter. Foliage dies back after a severe frost and usually does not need to be manually removed.
Maintenance & pruning: Resists slug damage better than other varieties. However, in regions of the country where the environment is conducive to slugs, use slug bait, dishes of beer, and diatomaceous earth to discourage them. Tip: put slug bait down in late winter/very early spring to kill the tiny ones hatching out at that time. Groom plants by removing yellow or dead leaves, and cut flower spikes back as they finish blooming in summer. Hosta leaves are very nice added to arrangements - simply cut off leaves as necessary, removing no more than one-third of the plant in one go..