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, eventually becoming an excellent ground cover. —Matt Griswold, Fine Gardening #127
Noteworthy CharacteristicsThis is a strong grower. Among the colored ferns, this one is fairly subtle and combines well with most other plants.
CareProvide partial 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.
PropagationSow spores when ripe. Divide in spring.
- Genus : Athyrium
- Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
- Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
- Zones : 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
- Tolerance : Deer Tolerant
- Maintenance : Low
- Moisture : Medium Moisture
- Growth Rate : Moderate
- Light : Partial Shade to Full Shade
- Plant Type : Perennials
- Foliage Color : Purple/Burgundy
- Uses : Shade
- Characteristics : Showy Foliage
- Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest