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Athyrium 'Ghost'
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Plant Type: Perennials

A hybrid cross between Japanese Painted fern (A. niponicum 'Pictum') and Lady Fern (A. filix-femina), this selection sports stunning frosted apple green fronds that seem to emit a ghostly white light in the shade. Dark purple stems hold the broad fronds rigidly upright. This selection is taller than many other Athyriums and is more tolerant of dry soil.

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Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Athyrium grows best in moist soil with a neutral to moderately acidic pH. However, this variety can withstand drier soil than many other Athyriums. Partial to full shade is best; some sunlight is necessary to draw out the coloring. To protect the crowns and tender shoots in the spring, it is best to leave the old fronds on the plant over the winter. They can be removed in the spring when the new fronds reach 6 inches tall. If division is necessary, do so in the spring.

Flower Color

Foliage Color

Apple green with dark purple stems

Plant Spread

18-24 in.

Good Companions

Astilbe-Tall Japanese (Astilbe ), Brunnera-Heartleaf (Brunnera macrophylla), Columbine (Aquilegia ), Foamy Bells (Heucherella ), Ginger-Chinese Wild (Asarum splendens), Hosta (Hosta ), Lenten Rose (Helleborus orientalis), Ligularia (Ligularia przewalskii), Lily-turf-Blue (Liriope muscari), Lungwort (Pulmonaria longifolia), Snakeroot-Black (Cimicifuga ramosa), Sweet Woodruff (Galium odoratum)

Plant Height

24-36 in.

Scape Height

Hardness Zone


Soil Moisture

Average and consistent water needs

Characteristics & Attributes


Border, Ground cover, Container, Cut flower or foliage

Bloom Time

Critter Resistance

Rabbit resistant


Full to part shade

Growth Rate


Seasonal Interests