|Athyrium nipponicum 'Pictum'
(Japanese Painted Fern)
Botanical Name: Athyrium nipponicum 'Pictum'
Japanese Painted Fern
Silvery fronds have patterns of green and burgundy throughout the leaf. This is very showy, especially in a shady location.
Low growing ground cover that dies to the ground every winter. Will usually multiply forming a clump 2 feet wide.
18 inches tall with a spread of 18 to 24 inches.
Full shade to partial shade but the fronds have best color in light shade.
Description: This is the only fern we offer that is not native to the eastern United States. This is a low growing fern, generally not getting over a foot high. Its leaves are a combination of burgundy-purple and gray - a beautiful multicolored plant that can be used to great advantage to set off deep green foliage plants in a perennial bed. It likes some shade and moisture but not wet conditions. Very special, quite rare, and slightly tender compared to our other ferns, it probably could use some protection in the winter - salt hay or other similar material.