This large size (26 inches high
or more) cultivar was registered by Connie Williams, the daughter of
Frances Williams of Massachusetts in 1986. It
was "discovered" in a Connecticut nursery in 1936 and is
considered a sport of
H. sieboldiana 'Elegans'.
This cultivar was once known as H. sieblodiana 'Aureomarginata'
before being renamed.
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 from mid-June into July. Unfortunately, this
cultivar is susceptible to spring desiccation burn (see
Mark Zilis (2009), this cultivar "...is named for the
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'."
The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by
Grenfell (2009) states: "Site in light to moderate shade to prevent the
leaf edges from scorching, but they will scorch in the warmest
climates even in full shade. Impressive in a large container but
needs dividing every three years...Slow to establish but nonetheless
among the most popular hosta ever introduced. Breeding whit this
cultivar often produces streaked offspring."
This cultivar has been awarded the Royal Horticultural Society's
Award of Garden Merit in the
UK. It was the Winner of the 1986 Alex J. Summers
Distinguished Merit Hosta Award.
It may have been sold at
one time as Mackwoods No. 19.