Athyrium niponicum var. Pictum/Japanese Painted Fern

Athyrium niponicum var. Pictum / Athyrium niponicum var. Pictum
Large clump of the Japanese fern in summer
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Large clump of the Japanese fern in summer

Close-up of the silvery-gray fronds

Richly detailed foliage

Fronds are a soft gray metallic color with hints of red and blue

On of the showiest of ferns and one of best perennials for the garden

New growth of fronds in early spring

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Scientific Name: Athyrium niponicum var. Pictum
Common Name: Japanese Painted Fern
Plant Type:
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Determine Your Zone
Height: 1-2 feet
Spread: 1-2 feet
Light Exposure: Part Sun, Filtered Shade, Shade
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Slow
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Comments: It has grayish-green fronds with an overlay of silver. It is easy to grow as long as it is not allowed to dry out. One of the most popular cultivated ferns. Plant in humus-enriched soil. Relatively slow spreading fern.