Japanese painted fern

Athyrium niponicum var. 'Pictum'

Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
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Japanese painted fern (Athyrium niponicum var. 'Pictum')
ah-THEER-ee-um nih-PON-ih-kum
Synonyms:  Athyrium niponicum var. pictum, f. metalicum
Genus:  Athyrium
This fern has cool, grey-green, almost silvery, foliage and reddish-purple stalks that are useful for brightening dark spots in borders. It is deciduous, and although it reaches only 8 to 12 inches in height, it is easy to grow, prolific, and easily divided.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  It forms a tight, hardy ground cover when plants are placed about 1 foot apart. Athyrium niponicum ‘Pictum’ was the 2004 Perennial Plant of the Year.
Care:  Provide light to full shade and well-drained, rich, moist soil, preferably in a humid environment.
Propagation:  Divide in spring.
Problems:  Prone to rust.

Overview

Height
6 in. to 12 in.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Light
Part Shade to Full Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Showy Foliage
Foliage Color
Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Ground Covers,
Indoor Plant
Style
Shade,
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Fern

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