Plantain lily 'Frances Williams'

Hosta 'Frances Williams' | Also known as: Hosta 'Frances Williams' | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

There are about 40 species in the Hosta genus. They have large foliage and a good shade tolerance so they're often used in gardens for troublesome shaded areas where nothing much else grows well. It's native to Northeast Asia and is named after an Austrian botanist, Nicholas Thomas Host. It's an easy plant to grow that will grow up to 3ft tall and 5ft wide. There is a wide variety of leaf colours, shapes and sizes across the genus. They also produce fragrant flowers. They're very hardy and will grow in most moist fertile soils.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.6
Spread [m]
  • 0.9
Dominant flower colour
  • White
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Early summer
Foliage in summer
  • Grey-green
  • Yes, let it smell
Propagation methods
  • seed
  • division
Growth habit
  • Clump-forming
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
Hardiness zone
  • Z3-9
Heat zone
  • H9-2
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -40 - -1
Heat days
  • 1 - 150
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • Clay
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Partial shade
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Flowers & bulbs
  • Perennials
Grown for
  • Ornamental Foliage
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • Pond plants
  • Author's choice
Garden type
  • Cottage garden
  • Containers
  • Pond
Garden spaces
  • Underplanting
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • 2 to 5 years