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Athyrium niponicum var. pictum is often confused with:
Athyrium niponicum Athyrium nipponicum
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Dryopteris carthusiana D. carthusiana
Cystopteris protrusa Cystopteris protrusa

Japanese Painted Fern Athyrium niponicum var. pictum

Other plants called Japanese Painted Fern:

Phonetic Spelling
a-THEE-ree-um nip-PO-nih-kum PIK-tum
Description

Commonly known as  Japanese painted fern, Athyrium nipponicum 'Pictum' slowly spreads by creeping rhizomes, forming a clump. It is easy to grow and not aggressive. Athyrium nipponicum 'Pictum' prefers partial shade and moist, rich soil, with high organic content. This plant has its best color when grown in light shade (excess sunlight washes out the color). As such it is a great addition as a front border plant in a shaded area or in a woodland or shade garden.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  No serious problems.

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More information on Athyrium niponicum.

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See this plant in the following landscapes:
Sun to Shade Garden Border Garden- Pathway
Cultivars / Varieties:
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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#arching#deciduous#partial shade#heavy shade#light shade#easy to grow#deep shade#shade tolerant#shade garden#fronds#fern#low maintenance#rabbit resistant#ncemgva2018#cpp#deer browsing plant#dappled sunlight#deer resistant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Athyrium
    Species:
    nipponicum
    Family:
    Athyriaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Eastern Asia
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    heavy shade; This plant is seldom damaged by deer.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 6 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 6 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Fern
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Arching
    Clumping
    Vase
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Deep shade (Less than 2 hours to no direct sunlight)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5b, 5a, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8b, 8a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Description:
    No fruits. This plant reproduces via spores.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Description:
    No flowers.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Fronds
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Rosulate
    Leaf Shape:
    Deltoid
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    This plant has up to 20" tricolored fronds of maroon, medium green and silvery gray that are arching and in a vase-like form. The triangular blade is bipinnate to bipinnate-pinnatified. This plant produces new fronds throughout the growing season with the first fronds in spring being the most silvery.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Pond
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Shade Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Heavy Shade
    Rabbits