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‘Ursula’s Red’ Japanese painted fern

Athyrium niponicum var. pictum 'Ursula's Red'

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

The broad silvery leaves of ‘Ursula’s Red’ have a showy burgundy band at the center of the leaves in spring. This plant can double in size in a single growing season, as it spreads from rhizomes. Though deer do like it, it may simply grow more fronds and not show any lasting damage. –Michael Ruggiero, Regional Picks: Mid-Atlantic, Fine Gardening issue #127

Noteworthy CharacteristicsIt forms a tight, hardy ground cover when plants are placed about 1 foot apart.

CareLoose, fertile, moist soil. Provide light to full shade and well-drained, rich, moist soil, preferably in a humid environment.

Propagation Divide in spring.

Problems Prone to rust.

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

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