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Hosta 'Frances Williams'

Plantain lily

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour



Flowers, Dramatic foliage



Skill level


photo by Jason Smalley, copyright GAP Photos (32547)

Plant details

Thick leaves that are distinctively puckered, grey-green and suffused with a darker metallic colour, make this one of the more sought after hostas for those of you who are after subtlety in a border. 'Frances Williams' also has wide, irregular green-yellow margins to these cupped, heart-shaped leaves that are 20cm (8in) long. It bears greyish-white flowers on long stalks from early summer. The Royal Horticultural Society have recognised its outstanding excellence by giving it their prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Hostaceae

Genus: Hosta

Cultivar: Frances Williams

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Golden variegation

Feature: Flowers, Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Partial shade, Shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 60cm

Spread: 100cm

Time to divide plants: August to March

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