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Athyrium nipponicum 'Pictum'
  • Japanese Painted Fern is highly disease and insect proof
  • Japanese Painted Fern leaves are a soft gray with silver and maroon accents
  • Athyrium nipponicum Pictum is a great deer resistant shade plant
  • Athyrium nipponicum Pictum is one of the most beautiful hardy ferns

Athyrium nipponicum 'Pictum'

Deer won't touch this shade loving fern!
Item: #ATHPI1Q
ZONE 3,4,5,6,7,8
As low as $12.99
  • Enjoy 6 months of color with stunning foliage
  • Soft gray foliage accented by silver and dark maroon
  • Highly insect & disease proof
  • Deer won't touch this hardy fern
  • Ship size: Jumbo 1 Quart
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Athyrium nipponicum 'Pictum' Description

Japanese painted fern is one of the most beautiful hardy ferns ever - hands down!

Winner of the prestigious Perennial Plant of the Year award, Japanese painted fern is one of the more popular  shade ground covers available today - and one that will take a wet, but well drained site.

Elegant and colorful, this deciduous fern forms a striking upright form. The fronds are a soft gray with a colorful overlay of silver accented with maroon.

Stunning when paired with other shade perennials such as hostas, Heucheras, hydrangeas, and hellebore in garden designs.

Athyrium fern grows up to 18 inches tall and is easily grown in rich, well-drained soil in part shade to full shade, but is more accepting of sun if the site is consistently moist.

Wonderful in drifts in garden designs particularly swooping in front of taller shrubs such as hydrangea Endless Summer

Special features: Deer resistant, Disease resistant, Foliage interest, Multi-seasonal interest, Pest resistant, Rabbit resistant

Quick Facts

  • Botanical name:
    Athyrium niponicum 'Pictum'
  • Common name:
    Japanese painted fern
  • Zone:
  • Sun exposure:
    Shade, Partial shade
  • Delivery:
    See schedule
  • Ship form:
    1 quart
  • Soil type:
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  • Height x width:
    18" X18-24"
  • Flower color:
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  • Uses:
    Accents, Border, Container, Ground cover, Massing, Small spaces, Specimen, Under planting, Woodland
  • Cannot ship to:
    AK, HI
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Soil: Easily grown in humusy, organically rich, medium moisture, well-drained soil.
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: Annual application of compost. Inorganic fertilizers may burn roots
Winterizing: Leaves should be trimmed to the ground in late fall or early spring.
Maintenance & pruning: Spores are infertile. Can divide in spring every 3- 4 years. Easily grown in humusy, organically rich, medium moisture, well-drained soil.