Ghost fern

Athyrium 'Ghost'

Photo/Illustration: 
Courtesy of Park Seed
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Ghost fern (Athyrium 'Ghost')
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Genus:  Athyrium
Here's a fern with an upright habit and silvery fronds that give it a ghostly look, hence the name. Emerging new fronds have a shimmering whitish color that darkens slowly to a silvery green with burgundy accents. 'Ghost' spreads slowly by shallow rhizomes, eventuallly becoming an excellent ground cover. -Matt Griswold, Regional Picks: Northeast, Fine Gardening issue #127
Noteworthy Characteristics:  This is a strong grower. Among the colored ferns, this one is fairly subtle and combines well with most other plants.
Care:  Provide part to full shade and moist, but well-drained, humusy soil. 'Ghost' grows best in a sheltered location and its color is best in light shade.
Propagation:  Sow spores when ripe. Divide in spring.
Problems:  Rust.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Part Shade to Full Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Showy Foliage
Foliage Color
Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Uses
Beds and Borders
Style
Shade,
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Tolerance
Deer Tolerant
Type
Fern

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