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Japanese Painted Fern
Athyrium niponicum var. pictum

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 4a-9b  Find Your Zone



Special Attributes

If you're looking for a very tough but beautiful long-lived perennial fern to light up shady areas in your landscape, look no further than the Japanese Painted Fern. We have specimens in our gardens that are two decades old and still thriving. Japanese Painted Fern is a very showy displaying arching soft, silvery-white fronds spring summer and fall. For its outstanding beauty and performance in the garden it was named Perennial Plant of the Year in 2004.




Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing 18 to 24 inches tall and wide, the beautiful Japanese Painted Fern is ideal for use as an accent or in small grouping in small garden spaces, and large groupings or absolutely stunning mass plantings in larger landscape borders. Very nice as a solo or combined with other shade-loving plants in combination container gardens. Combines nicely with blue hosta lilies and burgundy to purple leaved Heuchera (Coral Bells). A fine addition to woodland gardens, fern gardens, shade gardens, Asian gardensm, rock gardens and around garden ponds. 




Cultural Preferences

The Japanese Painted Fern is easy to grow and low maintenance. It is hardy nearly everywhere in the United States, except for the desert areas and northern areas above Zone 3. Like many other perennial ferns, it prefers a moist but well-drained soil of average fertility and part shade to shade. That said, morning sun and evening sun is fine.




Helpful Articles

Click on a link below to find helpful advice from our experts on how to plant, fertilize, prune and water perennial ferns.







Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 4a-9b  Find Your Zone
Plant Type:  Perennial
Height at Maturity:  18-24"
Width at Maturity:  18-24"
Spacing:  18" for mass plantings
Growth Habit / Form:  Arching, Clumping, Mounding
Growth Rate:  Moderate
Flower Color:  None
Flower Size:  NA
Flowering Period:  NA
Flower Type:  NA
Fragrant Flowers:  NA
Foliage Color:  Silvery-White, Deep Green
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Berries:  No
Berry Color:  NA
Sun Needs:  Shade or Part Shade, PM Shade a must
Water Needs:  Average
Soil Type:  Clay (amended), Loam, Sand (amended), Silt 
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well-Drained, Moist
Soil pH:  6.0 - 7.5 (Slightly Acid to Slightly Alkaline)
Maintenance / Care:  Low
Attracts:  Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Drought, Heat, Humidity, Insect, Rabbit, Shade



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