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Hardiness: USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 °C (-40 °F) USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 °C (-35 °F) USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 °C (-30 °F) USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 °C (-25 °F) USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F) USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F) USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F) USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F) USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F) USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F) USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F)
Sun Exposure: Sun to Partial Shade Light Shade
Other details: Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
On Sep 11, 2010, jskyieeyes3 from Saint Cloud, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:
i picked this variety of hosta up from the local walmart this spring to test out. i love the elegant shape of the leaves, the overall shape of the plant, and the color. however, since i aquired the plant, it hasn't grown much nor has it flowered. i'm not sure if it's because it is in a pot (i know some varieties of plants won't flower in pots). it does well on my back porch with filtered light, and with regular watering, withstands the scorching florida summer. overall, it has made a decent addition to my plant family. =)
On May 12, 2010, ChrisZ5 from Tracy, IA (Zone 5a) wrote:
I also did not realize how large this plant gets, but it is beautiful. I have it alternating with another hosta in an area about 10 x12 feet. They have been in that area for approx 10 years and I have never had to divide them. I also have not had a problem with sunburn or center die out with overcrowding.
On May 2, 2010, mzimble from Midlothian, VA wrote:
'Frances Williams' is a stunning hosta, but it is the most sun-sensitive hosta I've ever grown. I grew it successfully in shady areas when I lived in Washington, D.C.; however, here in the Richmond VA area, I find that the leaves still burn on very hot days, even in completely shady spots. 'Olive Bailey Langdon' looks very similar and is less sun-sensitive, although it grows more slowly.
I whole-heartedly love this hosta. I had it on the North side of my husband's shop facing the neighbors (didn't want them forced to just view the backside of a building). Decided last fall that I just wasn't able to enjoy it enough there as only saw it when I was weeding. I divided it and moved it to the front of my house. I truly hope this wasn't a mistake, however, as my Yorkies have full reign in the front! They do tend to stomp on everything.
On Nov 25, 2006, Marilynbeth from Hebron, KY wrote:
I didn't realize when I bought it that it would get so large and I didn't (and don't) have the space and I don't really have a shady enough area it needs, so I gave it all to a friend of ours since he has the space for it to grow.
I have been growing Frances Williams for over 15 years. My plant is really large and has never been divided. The leaves are over 18" wide. It has an abundance of white flowers early July and produces a ton of seeds which I harvest in the fall. I have just started to grow some of last seasons seeds this summer to see what they might produce. My plant looks best in the spring but suffers some leaf distortion into the summer. It does get some sun so this may be the cause. Overall its a wonderful plant. I would highly recommend growing it into a huge specimen plant.
On Jun 2, 2005, pirl from (Arlene) Southold, NY (Zone 7a) wrote:
Lovely plant but if you don't keep up with dividing it the center just dies out when you least expect it, just when it has reached a giant display size. I'd now keep it divided every five years or when it really starts looking terrific.
On May 15, 2005, nevadagdn from Sparks, NV (Zone 7a) wrote:
I haven't got a complaint with any of the hostas I grow. The thicker-leaved ones, including 'Frances Williams', are more slug, resistant, though. I have ALL my hostas in shade--that's why I got them in the first place.
On May 11, 2002, Greenwood from Bonifay, FL (Zone 8a) wrote:
This plant is rather open mound, has corrugated leaf that is gold-margined and bears a near white flower. My experience is two much sun exposure will burn the leaf. This is a beautiful plant but for me has a shortened season, late emerging . In other conditions it may react different.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, (2 reports) Auburn, Alabama Montgomery, Alabama , Alberta Carmichael, California Paradise, California Old Lyme, Connecticut Bonifay, Florida Saint Cloud, Florida Atlanta, Georgia Dallas, Georgia Druid Hills, Georgia Gainesville, Georgia Lawrenceville, Georgia (2 reports) Marietta, Georgia Aurora, Illinois Batavia, Illinois Hampton, Illinois Machesney Park, Illinois Morris, Illinois Naperville, Illinois Nilwood, Illinois Peoria, Illinois Washington, Illinois Carmel, Indiana Galena, Indiana Otho, Iowa Tracy, Iowa Wichita, Kansas Barbourville, Kentucky Calvert City, Kentucky Hebron, Kentucky Henderson, Kentucky Durham, Maine Dracut, Massachusetts Middleton, Massachusetts Northfield, Massachusetts Dearborn Heights, Michigan Lake Orion, Michigan Royal Oak, Michigan Traverse City, Michigan Fridley, Minnesota Okolona, Mississippi Airport Drive, Missouri Piedmont, Missouri Lothair, Montana Omaha, Nebraska Sparks, Nevada Fredericton, New Brunswick Nashua, New Hampshire Richmond, New Hampshire Cape May Court House, New Jersey Montclair, New Jersey South Plainfield, New Jersey Elba, New York Greene, New York Penn Yan, New York Southold, New York Elizabeth City, North Carolina Raleigh, North Carolina Medora, North Dakota Blue Ash, Ohio Fruit Hill, Ohio Glouster, Ohio Ravenna, Ohio Salem, Ohio Oakland, Oregon Portland, Oregon Bethlehem, Pennsylvania Churchill, Pennsylvania Mercer, Pennsylvania West Wyomissing, Pennsylvania Newport, Rhode Island Christiana, Tennessee Clarksville, Tennessee Colmesneil, Texas Garland, Texas Hereford, Texas Big Stone Gap, Virginia Leesburg, Virginia Lexington, Virginia Midlothian, Virginia Newport News, Virginia Kalama, Washington Orchards, Washington South Hill, Washington Vancouver, Washington Madison, Wisconsin Marion, Wisconsin Nekoosa, Wisconsin Twin Lakes, Wisconsin