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Japanese Painted Fern

Fantastic foliage for the shaded or woodland garden. Attractive accent to burgundy or silver-leaved plants and ruby or white flowers, which highlight the rich colors in the fern. New growth is lighter in color and contrasts nicely with older fronds.

Companion Plants

Coral Bells

False Spirea

Sweet Woodruff

Plant Details

  • Common name

    Japanese Painted Fern

  • Botanical name

    Athyrium niponicum

  • Variety

    Pictum (Metallicum)

  • Zone

    USDA Zone 3 (-40°F) to USDA Zone 9 (20°F).

  • Light


  • Height

    18-20" (46-51 cm)

  • Habit


  • Feed

    Use all-purpose

  • Water

    Weekly during dry spells

  • Bloom Time

    No Bloom

  • Maintenance

    Mulch to reduce weeds

This plant also belongs to the following collections:

  • Michele B.'s collection