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Athyrium niponicum 'Pictum' - Japanese Painted Fern
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Fern, athyrium niponicum 'Pictum'

Fern, Japanese Painted

The 2004 Perennial Plant of the year, Athyrium niponicum 'Pictum' is a must-have for any shade garden. This variety of Japanese Painted Fern is low-maintenance and is one of the showiest ferns for shade gardens. 'Pictum' produces 12- to 18-inch fronds that are a soft shade of metallic silver-gray with hints of burgundy. This lovely fern, which prefers partial to full shade, makes an outstanding combination plant for adding color, texture, and habit to landscape beds and containers.

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2004 Perennial Plant of the Year

Fern, Japanese Painted Growing and Maintenance Tips:

The Japanese Painted Fern requires consistently moist soil, enrich it with leaf mold or compost. It thrives in partial shade to full shade and will not tolerate full sun.

Height:

12-18 Inches

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Spread:

18-24 Inches

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Hardiness Zone:

3 - 8

Characteristics & Attributes for Fern, athyrium niponicum 'Pictum'

Exposure
Partial Shade
Shade
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Moist
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Fall
Spring
Summer
Growth Habit
Clump Type
Height
12-16 Inches
16-24 Inches
Attributes
Naturalizing
Container
Specimen
Edging
Great Foliage
Mass Planting
Border or Bed
Foliage Color
Burgundy
Green
Silver
Great Companion Plants for Fern, athyrium niponicum 'Pictum'
Coral Bells Coral Bells (Heuchera micrantha 'Palace Purple')
False Spirea False Spirea (Astilbe x japonica 'Rheinland')
Lily turf Lily turf (Liriope muscari 'Royal Purple')
Coral Bells Coral Bells (Heuchera 'Stainless Steel')
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