(26 inches high) cultivar was registered by the daughter of
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.
The Hostapedia by
(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'."
This cultivar has been awarded the Royal Horticultural Society's
Award of Garden Merit in the
Over the decades, several
cultivars that are very similar (but different) to
'Frances Williams' have been introduced including.