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 CharacteristicsIt 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.
CareProvide light to full shade and well-drained, rich, moist soil, preferably in a humid environment.
PropagationDivide in spring.
ProblemsProne to rust.
- Genus : Athyrium
- Zones : 5, 6, 7, 8
- Plant Height : 6 to 12 inches
- Uses : Ground Covers, Shade
- 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