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Athyrium niponicum 'Pictum' - Japanese Painted Fern

Ferns

Athyrium niponicum 'Pictum'

Japanese Painted Fern

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.

Additional:

2004 Perennial Plant of the Year

Japanese Painted Fern Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Easily grown in organically rich, medium moisture, well-drained soil in part shade to full shade. Best frond color in light shade. Soil must not be allowed to dry out. 

Height:

12-18 Inches

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Spread:

18-24 Inches

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Hardiness Zone:

3 - 8

Characteristics & Attributes for Athyrium niponicum 'Pictum'

Exposure
Partial Shade
Shade
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Moist
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Summer
Spring
Foliage Color
Burgundy
Green
Silver
Attributes
Naturalizing
Container
Specimen
Edging
Great Foliage
Mass Planting
Border or Bed
Great Companion Plants for Athyrium niponicum 'Pictum'
Coral Bells Coral Bells (Heuchera micrantha 'Palace Purple')
(Brunnera macrophylla 'Sea Heart')
Lungwort Lungwort (Pulmonaria 'Raspberry Splash')
False Spirea False Spirea (Astilbe japonica 'Rheinland')
Bugleweed Bugleweed (Ajuga reptans 'Bronze Beauty')
Shooting Star Shooting Star (Dodecatheon meadia )
Coral Bells Coral Bells (Heuchera 'Spellbound')
Similar Plants to Athyrium niponicum 'Pictum'
Ostrich fern Ostrich fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris )
Lady fern Lady fern (Athyrium filix-femina 'Lady in Red')
Tassel fern Tassel fern (Polystichum polyblepharum )
Giant Japanese Painted Fern Giant Japanese Painted Fern (Athyrium niponicum 'Godzilla')