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Athyrium 'Ghost' (Ghost fern)

Athyrium 'Ghost' Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Park Seed


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Athyrium 'Ghost' ah-THEER-ee-um Common Name: Ghost fern 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.
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
Tolerance Deer Tolerant
Characteristics Showy Foliage
Foliage Color Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Uses Beds and Borders
Style Shade, Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest Spring Interest, Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Fern

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