Hosta sieboldiana 'Frances Williams'

This large (26 inches high) cultivar was registered by the daughter of Frances Williams in 1986. It was "discovered" in a Connecticut nursery in 1936 and is considered a sport of Hosta sieboldiana 'Elegans'.

The leaves have thick substance, are heavily corrugated, have a deeply lobed base and a distinct tip. It bears large clusters of near white flowers in mid-June to July.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), this cultivar "...is named for the most influential person in the modern history of hostas. Her correspondence with other collectors, hybridizers, and botanists from the 1930s until her death in 1969 fanned the flames of interest in hostas and let to the formation of The American Hosta Society. She also developed some of the first hosta cultivars including 'Green Piecrust', 'Louisa', 'Sweet Susan' and 'Frances Williams'."

This cultivar has been awarded the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit in the UK.

Over the decades, several cultivars that are very similar (but different) to Hosta sieboldiana 'Frances Williams' have been introduced including.

  • H. 'Bristol Frances Williams'
  • H. 'Gilt Edge'
  • H. 'Golden Circles
  1. H. 'Aurora Borealis'
  2. H. 'Broadway Frances'
  3. H. 'Chippewa'
  4. H. 'DuPage Delight'
  5. H. 'Exotic Frances Williams'
  6. H. 'Forever Frances'
  7. H. 'Golden Circles'
  8. H. 'Golden Sunburst'
  9. H. 'Kiwi Blue Sunrise'
  1. H. 'Linda Sue'
  2. H. 'Maple Leaf'
  3. H. 'Northern Star'
  4. H. 'Olive Bailey Langdon'
  5. H. 'Queen of Islip'
  6. H. 'Sara's Sensation'
  7. H. 'Sunlight'
  8. H. 'Susan-Elizabeth'
  9. H. 'Time Tunnel'
  1. H. 'Blue Lace'
  2. H. 'Blue Saucers'
  3. H. 'Blueberry Muffin'
  4. H. 'Bold Edger'
  5. H. 'Breeder's Choice'
  6. H. 'Cascades'
  7. H. 'Celebrity'
  8. H. 'Christmas Tree'
  9. H. 'Columbus Circle'
  10. H. 'Dorothy Benedict'
  11. H. 'Eleanor J. Reath'
  12. H. 'Formal Attire'
  13. H. 'Foxy Doxy'
  14. H. 'Frances Williams Baby'
  15. H. 'Fringe Benefits'
  16. H. 'Galaxy'
  17. H. 'Gentle Giant'
  18. H. 'Green Formal'
  1. H. 'Green Saucers'
  2. H. 'Helen Doriot'
  3. H. 'Hoarfrost'
  4. H. 'Huron Gold'
  5. H. 'Joybells'
  6. H. 'Julie Morss'
  7. H. 'Maui Buttercup'
  8. H. 'Mildred Seaver'
  9. H. 'Old Hump Back'
  10. H. 'Pin Stripe'
  11. H. 'Pin Stripe Sister'
  12. H. 'Polly Bishop'
  13. H. 'Quilted Skies'
  14. H. 'Robert Frost'
  15. H. 'Roscoe'
  16. H. 'Samuari'
  17. H. 'Smokerise Frosted Vase'
  18. H. 'Top Banana'
  19. H. 'William Lachman'

One of the negatives of the cultivar is that it often shows signs of "burn" around the edges of the leaves and between the veins. This seems to be more of a problem in the spring and does not appear to be related to heat stress. It is commonly called "spring desiccation burn".

 

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