Hosta Sieboldiana ‘Frances Williams’ is a large hosta with blue/grey heart shaped leaves with a wide creamy yellow border. This shade loving plant is a commonly grown perennial that is at home in any well drained yet well watered garden.


Although Hosta Frances Williams is a common garden plant it is not always one of the cheapest of the more readily available varieties. It takes a little more time to grow than some of the other hosta sieboldianas and as such costs a little more. It is not as expensive as the newest types that are available.  

This plant which was named after the lady that found it and it will get to about 28 inches high and 48 inches wide. A little shorter than Hosta Sieboldiana ‘Elegans’ of which it was a sport it will help to fill your shade garden in no time.  Good Companions include Aucuba japonica and Heuchera. 


One of the primary drawbacks to this old fashioned hosta plant is its intolerance to sunlight. Some types of Hosta can handle a bit more sun than others and Hosta Sieboldiana ‘Frances Williams’ likes very little. If it is getting too much sun or heat the edges of the leaf can burn and it should then be relocated to a more shady location and given some extra water. Although it doesn’t like much sun if it gets some sun the cream edges will begin to get more yellow so if you want a brighter edge and can come up with the right amount of sunlight you can get a more yellow variegation in the leaves. Think about other Hosta Siboldiana Varieties that can handle more sun if you do not have a lot of shade.


If you follow general Hosta care suggestions this plant will give you many years of beautiful foliage in your flower beds and will help to fill the drab times when there are very few plants that are blooming.

The flowers bloom around July and are a lavender color most Hosta Sieboldiana have off-white to lavender flowers and this hosta and the parent plant, Hosta Sieboldiana Elegans are no different. They are held high above the plant.

This well known perennial is often marketed as slug resistant and as slugs are one of the primary pests to hostas you should consider this one if slugs have taken up residence in your shade garden.

No Hosta Collection is complete without this variety in place and if you don’t want to spend the money to purchase it you may be able to find it in the older gardens of friends and relatives who might consider parting with a start.


Propagation is easy with this hosta simply divide and replant with plenty of water and sun protection until it begins to recover from the stress of being divided.  

Hosta Sieboldiana ‘Frances Williams’ is a good starter plant for anyone who has never had a garden of their own and is pretty forgiving of the mistakes that many beginners make.

Sports of Hosta 'Frances Williams'

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Hosta Sunlight
Hosta Supernova
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