'Exotic Frances Williams'

This tissue culture sport of H. 'Frances Williams' is a non-registered hosta from Klehm Nursery in Illinois. It has the characteristics of its mother plant except that the blue-green foliage has a very thin white marginal variegation. The leaves tend to "drawstring" later in the season.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "I first saw this pitiful plant in a collector's garden in the early 1980s...the leaf margin rips and tears as the center expands and grows. Plant 'Exotic Frances Williams' in the back (far back!) of the shaded border."

An article by Warren I. Pollock in The Hosta Journal (1992 Vol. 23 No. 1) states that, "Why would any wholesale nursery propagate 'Exotic Frances Williams' and offer it to garden centers and nurseries across the country? Pity the unsuspecting home gardeners that buy it...H. 'Exotic Frances Williams' is the ugliest hosta I've ever seen. It has the drawstring effect. The leaves are distorted. The center is a muddy green, not 'Frances Williams' handsome blue-green. The border is narrow and white, not 'Frances Williams' medium-to-wide yellow-gold...I threw away my plant years ago."


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