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Athyrium niponicum 'Pictum'
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Plant Type: Perennials

One of the most colorful ferns for the garden, the Japanese Painted Fern has silvery-gray fronds which are dusty purple towards the center. They are set off by the purplish-red veins and stems.  This fern has a low and mounding habit, slowly spreading by rhizomes to form dense colonies.  The fronds are positioned in a way that creates a horizontal layering effect much like you see in Dogwood trees.

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Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Grows best in moist soil with a neutral to moderately acidic pH. Light to partial shade is best; some sunlight is necessary to produce the vibrant 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

Silvery-gray with purple centers

Plant Spread

24 in.

Good Companions

Astilbe-Hybrid (Astilbe ), Brunnera-Heartleaf (Brunnera macrophylla), Columbine (Aquilegia ), Coral Bells (Heuchera ), Hosta (Hosta ), Lenten Rose (Helleborus orientalis), Ligularia (Ligularia przewalskii), Lily-turf-Blue (Liriope muscari), Lungwort (Pulmonaria ), Northern Sea Oats (Chasmanthium latifolium), Snakeroot-Black (Cimicifuga ramosa), Sweet Woodruff (Galium odoratum)

Plant Height

12-18 in.

Scape Height

Hardness Zone


Soil Moisture

Average and consistent water needs

Characteristics & Attributes


Cut flower or foliage, Border, Ground cover, Container

Bloom Time

Critter Resistance

Rabbit resistant


Full to part shade

Growth Rate


Seasonal Interests