Japanese painted fern (Athyrium niponicum var. pictum)
[ah-THEER-ee-um nih-PON-ih-kum variety PIK-tum]

Deciduous Perennial Weeping Fern in the Woodsiaceae Family
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Size Notes Price Availability
#1 gallon Field $16.78
Tray of 10 4" pots Field

Full Foliage

Tray of 6 #1 gallons Field

Full Foliage

Tray of 6 #1 gallons Field

8-12" high; silver & burgundy; FRESH; full; GREAT!


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Teaser Bluish-gray foliage with hints of burgundy or maroon. Prefers moist well-drained soil. Plants that receive too much sun or not enough moisture will suffer leaf scorch. Chosen plant of the year by the Perennial Plant Association in 2004.

An absolutely stunning addition to any shade garden. Metallic silver/white frames green fading into deep burgundy centers on each frond to create a truly unique.


  • Beautiful contrasting foliage
  • Shade and moisture lover
  • Cold-hardy
  • Very low maintenance
  • Deer and rabbit resistant


  • Will not tolerate full sun
  • Not drought tolerant (needs consistent moisture)

Plant Data

Mature Size 12 - 18 inches tall. 12 - 18 inches wide.
Growth Rate Slow
Sun Exposure Full Shade - Partial Sun
Moisture Tolerance Medium - Wet
Zones 4a - 8b (Usually hardy to -30° F)
Tags Colorful Foliage, Container, Deciduous, Deer Resistant, Filler, Formal Garden, Full Shade, Good for Accents, Good for Asian Garden, Good for Borders, Good for Butterfly Garden, Good for Mass Planting, Good for Rock Garden, Grown For Attractive Foliage, Low Maintenance, Medium, Most Popular, Naturalizing, Normal Soil, Partial Shade, Partial Sun, Perennial, Rabbit Resistant, Shade Tolerant, Tolerant of Clay Soil, Tolerant of Moist Soil, Tolerant of Poor Soil, Tolerant of Sandy Soil, Well-Drained Soil, Wet, Woodland Garden
Bloom Period Non-flowering
Flower Color Non-Flowering
Foliage Color Grayish Green





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