Athyrium niponicum var. pictum

Japanese Painted Fern

Deciduous, Herbaceous Fern, Perennial

The finely textured, variegated, silver with red veining foliage of Athyrium niponicum var. pictum, the Japanese painted fern, is wonderful in combination with bolder foliage such as a blue hosta or a burgundy heuchera.

Growing Conditions

Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8

Exposure: Full Shade, Deep Shade, Filtered Sun, Open Shade


Size: 12 - 18 tall x 12 - 18 wide
Shape / Form: Clumping, Mounding
Foliage Texture: Fine
Foliage Quality: Fine

Features: Attractive Foliage, Dwarf / Compact Plant, Low Maintenance

Foliage Color: Burgundy / Maroon, Silver / Gray, Variegated

Uses and Applications

Landscape Uses: Beds and Borders, Container, Edging, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Small Gardens
Special Situations: Deep Shade, Rabbit Resistant
Wildlife: Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant

More Design Considerations

Season of Interest: Spring, Summer, Fall, Three Seasons of Interest
Plant Behavior: Clumping
Collections: eGardenGo Favorite, Plants That Earn Their Keep

Care and Maintenance

Maintenance Level: low

Plant Combos