Promo Banner This weekend only: $4.95 flat rate shipping, orders $125+ ship free Promo Banner
Athyrium n. 'Crested Surf'
ENLARGE IMAGE Check out the cool crests on each frond!
  • The unique crested growth at the tips of the fronds of Crested Surf fern
  • Crested Surf fern from proven Winners is sage green, silver, and purple
  • A specimen of Crested Surf fern growing in a garden.
NEW FOR 2020!

Athyrium n. 'Crested Surf'

Cool, colorful, crested!
Item: #ATHCS1Q
ZONE 3,4,5,6,7,8
As low as $13.99
  • This fern sports a little extra flourish
  • Colorful and durable
  • Deer and rabbit resistant
  • A plant collector's dream!
  • Ship size: Jumbo 1 Quart
  • View all HARDY FERNS
QtyPriceYou Save
Buy 1 or more for $15.99 each$0.00
Buy 2 or more for $15.79 each$0.40
Buy 3 or more for $15.49 each$1.50
Buy 6 or more for $14.99 each$6.00
Buy 12 or more for $14.49 each$18.00
Buy 24 or more for $13.99 each$48.00
How many plants do I need? Plant Calculator
Productt Guarantee
Hear what our customers have to say...
Hello, received my 1st shipment from you Friday, I want to let you know that your "packaging" is excellent! I was...... show more

Athyrium n. 'Crested Surf' Description

A must-have for your fern collection! This new perennial, the first fern from Proven Winners, tops its each of its colorful fronds with a curly little flourish known as a crest. 'Crested Surf' Japanese painted fern (Athyrium niponicum) looks like some kind of magical seaweed - but this plant will be right at home in your shade garden. Sage-green and white leaflets are neatly arranged along a purple stem, a color cue that makes it ideal for pairing with plum-colored heuchera. We've never seen anything quite like it and are so excited to be able to offer it this year.

Special features: Shade tolerant, unique, deer resistant, rabbit resistant, cut stem, easy to grow

Quick Facts

  • Botanical name:
    Athyrium niponicum 'Crested Surf'
  • Common name:
    Crested Japanese painted fern
  • Zone:
  • Sun exposure:
    Shade, Partial shade
  • Delivery:
    See schedule
  • Ship form:
    1 quart
  • Soil type:
  • Soil moisture:
    Average to moist
  • Height x width:
    20-22" X 28-30"
  • Flower color:
  • Foliage color:
    Sage green, silver, and purple
  • Bloom season:
  • Uses:
    Shade gardens, woodland gardens, fern collections
  • Cannot ship to:
    AK, HI
  • Patent #: PPAF



Soil: Well-drained but rich in organic matter.
Light: Part shade to full shade - Best silvery frond color occurs in light shade. Too much sun often results in a bleaching of the attractive frond colors.
Water: Tolerates more soil dryness than some other ferns in this genus, but soil must not be allowed to dry out.
Spacing: 1.5 - 2 ft apart
Fertilizing: None required.
Winterizing: Nothing special required.
Maintenance & pruning: The previous season's leaves should be trimmed to the ground in early spring. Do this before new growth begins, or the process will be tricky to do well.