In 1986, The American Hosta Society registered this cultivar on behalf of the
Williams. It is a seedling of H. 'Decorata' × a hybrid of
sieboldii and, according to
The Hosta Handbook by Mark Zilis (2000), is name for Frances' great, great, grandmother. The
medium size (15 inches high)
rhizomatous, plant has deep purple, bell-shaped
flowers in August. Its leaves are slightly wavy and of average
The Hostapedia by
Mark Zilis (2009)
says, "For many years, this was my favorite
purple-flowering hosta. Its rhizomatous nature lends itself to
ground cover usage with the added benefit of a great show of
late season flowers."
Similar hostas include H. 'Decorata Normalis' whose leaves are slightly smaller.
Note: This hosta was named for Frances Williams'