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‘Burgundy Lace’ Japanese painted fern

Athyrium niponicum var. pictum 'Burgundy Lace'

ah-THEER-ee-um nih-PON-ih-kum variety PIK-tum

‘Burgundy Lace’ is a real showstopper in shady borders and containers, with its silvery purple-bronze fronds. The low-growing clumps are a good choice for edging pathways, and the plant looks terrific when planted in groups. ‘Burgundy Lace’ grows best in humus-rich, moist soil but will also adapt to conditions that are less than ideal. -Chris Kelley, Regional Picks: Midwest, Fine Gardening issue #120

Noteworthy CharacteristicsA hardy fern with dramatic foliage. Tolerant of clay soils, hot summers, and frigid winters.

CareProvide partial to full shade and moist, fertile, neutral to acidic soil.

PropagationDivide plants in spring, or sow fresh spores at 59-61°F.


  • Genus : Athyrium
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Uses : Containers, Ground Covers
  • Tolerance : Frost Tolerant
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Light : Partial Shade to Full Shade
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Foliage Color : Purple/Burgundy
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest

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