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As one of the most dramatic hostas, 'Frances Williams' features large, bluish-green, puckered leaves that have striking, uneven golden edges. They are heart-shaped, grow to salad plate size, and remain brightly colored all season.

Variegated selections (such as this groundcover) brighten up the darkest corner of any shady garden. In July-August, this plant bears pale lavender flowers on 40-inch scapes. It has a moderate growth rate, requires shade in southern zones, and is more resistant to slugs than most other hostas.

'Frances Williams' prefers moist well-drained rich soil in shade or bright shade, but adapts well to less than ideal conditions, including drought, considerable sunlight, and poor soil. Too much direct sun can scorch the leaves, but it can take more sunlight than most people realize. This low-care perennial is one of the most popular for landscape uses and is a great choice for any beginner gardener.

The species is named for the German physician and botanist Philipp Franz von Siebold (1796-1866), who sparked interest in hostas in the early 1800s after he returned to the Netherlands with several specimens he had collected during his long stint as a physician in Japan.

The cultivar is named for Mrs. Frances Ropes Williams (1883-1969) of Massachusetts, who spotted the first known specimen when it appeared in a field of H. sieboldiana at Bristol Nurseries in Connecticut, in 1936.

Hosta is the most popular perennial in America. Clump-forming, herbaceous, landscaping mainstay. Recommended for dense shade in southern zones and light to dense shade for norther zones. Hosta are versatile East Asian natives with lush foliage in diverse colors, heights, and textures. Perennials. Sun-Shade: Mostly Sunny to Full Shade Soil Condition: Normal, Acidic. Zones 3-9. What are Hosta "eyes"? When you buy a Hosta "bare-root", you will usually receive 1 or 2 eye plants. Each eye will grow into a full plant. In the spring, you can gently uncover your hosta beds to reveal the green nubs poking through the soil. Each nub is called an eye, and it is the beginning of a complete set of hosta leaves. Eyes can be divided, but it is not necessary. When you move or divide hostas, it can take a year or so for them to be completely reestablished. Hosta (originally named Funkia) is a genus of 23-40 species of lily-like plants native to northeast Asia. It was once classified in the family Liliaceae but is now (due to the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group) included in the family Agavaceae. Hosta are herbaceous perennial plants that grow from corms or rhizomes. Their broad lanceolate (lance-shaped) or ovate leaves vary widely in size, by species, from 1-15 inches long and 3/4 - 12 inches broad. Variation among the numerous cultivars is even greater, with clumps ranging from less than four inches across to more than 6 1/2 feet across. Wild Hosta species’ leaf color is typically green, although some (e.g. H. sieboldiana) are known for their glaucous coating that lends leaves a blue appearance. There are natural sports (mutations) of native species that have yellow-green (“gold") colored leaves or differing leaf variegation (centers/edges are either white/cream or yellowish). The (3/4- to 2-inch long) flowers are produced on (up to 31-inch tall) erect panicles: they are usually pendulous with six petals, scentless, and white, lavender, or violet in color. Hostas are widely cultivated groundcovers, and they are particularly useful as shade-tolerant plants. Hybridization has produced over 5000 cultivars: those with golden- or white-variegated leaves are especially prized. They require little care (other than watering and some fertilizer) and are generally easy, long-lived and relatively disease free. Starting in May we sometimes cut much of the top foliage off our Hostas before shipping. We feel that the tops are too big to be supported by the roots after transplanting, they tend to just lay over on the ground and not recuperate...if we have not cut them back and they start to wilt simply cut them. When the plants are smaller we leave the tops on. The genus name Hosta is after the Austrian physician & botanist Nicholas Host (1761-1834).

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