Athyrium niponicum var. pictum

Scientific name: Athyrium niponicum var. pictum


Common names: “Painted lady fern” “Japanese painted fern

Plant Type: Deciduous fern


Zone: 1-9

Light: Part shade – full shade

Exposure: Sheltered

Soil: Rich, neutral – acidic, grows well in quality compost and leaf mulch

Moisture: Damp well drained, requires more moisture in sun


Plant Size: 12″-18″ H & W

Leaf and Stem shape: shortly-creeping rhizome and lance-shaped, bipinnate grey fronds, with paler midribs to the pinnae, and a red-purple zone along the centre

Pruning: N/a

Maintenance: Low, cut out old leaves just as new ones emerge

Landscape use: Courtyard & cottage gardens, rock garden, tree underplaning, groundcover

Propagate: By spores and division

Pests & Disease: None

Comments: ~AGM winner, very fragile!

Cultivars: ~AGM winner: A. n. var. p. ‘Silver falls’


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