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Hosta 'Francis Williams'
  • Hosta Frances Williams has blue foliage with variegated edges and has been a classic groundcover for many years
  • Hosta Frances Williams really makes a show when planted in mass in this shade garden
  • Hosta Frances Williams combines with white Astilbe
  • Hosta Frances Williams has bold variegated foliage and makes a colorful shade perennial groundcover
  • Hosta Frances Williams used as a groundcover around the edge of a house
Large leaves!

Hosta 'Francis Williams'

Huge 10" leaves on this slug-proof Hosta
ZONE 3,4,5,6,7,8
As low as $11.19
  • HUGE leaves 10" long
  • Quilted blue foliage with wide yellow margins
  • Slug proof thick-textured leaves
  • Makes a strong statement in mass plantings
  • Jumbo 1 Quart pot
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Hosta 'Francis Williams' Description

Hosta Frances Williams still reigns as one of the more popular Hostas on the market today. 

Pretty and stately, this highly desirable shade, ground cover Hosta remains a perennial favorite as voted among American Hosta Society members. Widely popular with landscapers and gardeners alike.

Hosta Frances Williams grows into a large hosta with dinner-place size showy foliage.

Quilted, heart-shaped blue green leaves measure over 10 inches long attractively edged with a broad 2 inch margin.

Frances Williams demonstrates exceptional slug resistance, and remains attractive well into late summer in the shade garden. Near white flowers on tall scapes bloom in mid-summer.

Hostas grow best in a rich, moisture retentive soil, but can tolerate a range of soil conditions. Frances Williams color remains the best in part shade to shade. Space 20 inches apart.

Hosta Frances Williams can be paired with hardy Ferns, colorful Heuchera, Hellebore, Shade loving ornamental grasses, or tall growing Hydrangea.   It is stunning in drifts along a shaded border.

Special Features: Cold Hardy, Cut Flower, Cut Foliage ,Drought Tolerant, Easy Care, Foliage Interest, Heat Tolerant, Moisture Tolerant, Rabbit Resistant, Variegated

Quick Facts

  • Botanical Name:
    Hosta 'Frances Williams'
  • Common Name:
  • 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:
    22" x 30"
  • Flower Color:
  • Foliage Color:
    Blue/yellow margins
  • Bloom Season:
    Mid Summer
  • Uses:
    Accent, Border, Container Gardening, Foundation Planting, Massing, Specimen, Woodland
  • Cannot Ship to:
    AK,CAN, HI, PR
  • Patent #:None


Soil: Evenly moist, organically rich, slightly acid, well-drained soils.
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: 0.75 to 1.00 feet
Fertilizing: Light application of time release fertilizer, or side-dress with compost and organic amendments when new growth appears in early spring.
Winterizing: Foliage should be cut back to the ground in the fall. Provide a winter mulch of evergreen boughs, 2" of leaves or salt marsh hay after the ground freezes to help prevent heaving, and protect the shallow crowns.
Maintenance & Pruning: GreatGardenPlants.com offers slug-proof varieties.  However, there may be regions of the country where the environment is conducive to slugs.  Slugs are the bane of Hostas; use slug bait, dishes of beer, and diatomaceous earth to discourage them. Groom plants by removing yellow or dead leaves and cut flower spikes back as they finish blooming in summer.