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Known for its large, heart-shaped, dark bluish green leaves edged in creamy yellow, this variety grows up to 4' across so make sure to give it plenty of room. (Hosta sieboldiana)

Zones 3 - 9
Advantages
Easy to Grow
Easy to Grow
Multiplies / Naturalizes
Multiplies / Naturalizes
Light Requirements
Half Sun / Half Shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
Full Shade
Full Shade
Mature Plant Size 24-48" tall, 36-48" wide
Bloom Time Early to mid summer
SKU 3HOS
The sieboldianas are sometimes called the Blue-leaved Hostas, and this is one of the big favorites. Frances Williams is known for its handsome large dark, bluish leaves that are irregularly edged in creamy yellow. And its a Hosta that forms a plant wider than it is tall.

Hostas are shade lovers grown mostly for their beautiful foliage, and they're probably the very best plants for groundcover under trees in most parts of the U.S. Its simple: they're delighted to grow in shady spots where your grass will not. (They are super hardy in cold areas, but are somewhat difficult as far south as the Gulf Coast.)

Any gardener who lives in the huge area where Hostas are popular knows them. Now with over 1000 named cultivars, there are Hosta collectors everywhere. Just choose your favorites from the small, medium, and large sizes, and an endless choice of leaf designs. The plants, members of the lily family, are native to Korea, China and Japan, and gardeners there have used them for centuries for landscaping. The craze for Hostas is more recent in the U.S. And why not? They offer an endless variety of their wonderful fountain mound shape of handsome foliage--in lush shades of green, bluish-green, yellowish green, and all sorts of variegated types. Nothing is easier to grow; in fact, most gardeners simply ignore them, and they form their beautiful round shapes all by themselves, year after year.

Propagation is simple, too: If you've never divided a Hosta, let me tell you how simple and successful it can be. I once volunteered to help a friend divide three or four large, old Hosta clumps into smaller plants to line a shady walk. We began by digging them up, and then split the big fleshy root masses with a hatchet. Underground, Hostas are much like Daylilies, with fleshy, heavy masses of thick rootstocks. Once, we had the old clumps chopped into 8 or 10 equal-size pieces each, we simply dug a trench on both sides of the shady walk, and buried the pieces spaced evenly apart. They looked fine on through that summer, and the very next spring, each one was up, healthy, and already formed into a perfect circle! So don't think if you divide yours, you'll disturb that wonderful round fountain shape. They just recover and create a new whorled circle wherever you put the divided pieces. Today, that walk is edged with large, lush circles of Hosta foliage all season long.

The Flowers Yes, Hostas do flower, and some cultivars have quite beautiful blooms, mostly purplish, blue or white, on tall lily-like stems above the foliage. Hosta purists often nip off the flower stalks before they can bloom, preferring to throw all the growth into the all-important foliage of the plants.

Associated SKUs
3HOSG
3HOS (Bag of 1)
3FHOS3 (Bag of 3) - Out of stock.
Common Name Plantain Lily
Botanical Name Hosta sieboldiana
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade
Mature Height 24-48" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 36-48" wide
Bloom Time Early to mid summer
Planting Depth Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Ships As Bare Root
Foliage Giant heart shaped blue-green leaves with a wide yellow margin.
Planting Time Spring / Summer
Soil Type Clay Soil, Loamy Soil, Moist/Wet Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Moist/Wet, Well Draining
Advantages Easy to Grow, Multiplies / Naturalizes
Ships to Canada No

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3.0

Hosta Sieboldiana Frances Williams -Root

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from Northern Wisconsin

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Pros

  • Too Early To Tell

Cons

  • Too Early Top Tell

Best Uses

  • Raised Beds

Comments about American Meadows Hosta sieboldiana Frances Williams - Root:

We received and planted the roots in late fall. As of the end of May, they were only 1" out of the ground. Its too early to provide adequate comments on the product.

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5.0

I would buy this again

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from Dennard, AR

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Pros

  • Large Bulb Size
  • Low Maintenance
  • Reliable Growth

Cons

  • Needs Extensive Watering

Best Uses

  • Border Control
  • Containers
  • Raised Beds

Comments about American Meadows Hosta sieboldiana Frances Williams - Root:

all plants came up, they seem to be hanging in there even though we have had a major drought in our area and have had to water heavily

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5.0

Excellent quality, great plants!

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from Oak Ridge, NC

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Pros

  • Bargain
  • Healthy
  • Low Maintenance
  • Pest Resistant
  • Ready to grow
  • Reliable Growth

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Large Areas

    Comments about American Meadows Hosta sieboldiana Frances Williams - Root:

    I have lots of shade; these are perfect plants for me. They arrived strong and ready to grow and have thrived through a wickedly hot, dry summer. Great plants, great price! Terrific way to expand my hosta collection (there's always room for one more!) at a low cost. Delighted.

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    4.0

    So far so good

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    from Fleetwood PA

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    • Hardy

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        Comments about American Meadows Hosta sieboldiana Frances Williams - Root:

        I planted these last fall and so far, it seems that most (if not all) are coming up this spring again. Looking forward to seeing them develop

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        To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

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