Athyrium niponicum var. pictum

Athyrium niponicum var. pictum

Athyrium niponicum var. pictum, commonly known as Japanese painted fern, is a rhizomatous, deciduous fern with an arching habit that typically grows to 18” tall. It features a slowly spreading clump of triangular, variegated fronds to 20” long. Fronds are a soft grayish-green with an overlay of silvery hues accented by contrasting dark maroon midribs. Silvering is best for several weeks in the spring, with fronds becoming greener as hot temperatures arrive.

Pronunciation: uh-THEE-ree-um nih-PON-ih-kum PIK-tum

Species Meaning: Specific epithet means Japanese

Athyrium niponicum var. pictum is native to Japan.

Cultivation Notes

Leaves may be trimmed to the ground in late fall or early spring. Go dorment in summer if they do not get enough moisture.

Propagation Notes

Plants are easily divided in spring, every 3 to 4 years.

In Our Garden

Plant ID: P17007

Found in Down Under Up Top, Streambed,

There was a grouping of them beside the steps going alongside the streambed. These got a little too much sun in summer and not enough moisture so they were going dorment. I moved a few of them to Down Under Up Top in the more deeply shaded area by the Kayaks.

Family: Athyriaceae

Genus: Athyrium

Species: niponicum var. pictum

Commonly known as: Japanese Painted Fern

Height: <3ft

Spread: <3ft

Growth Habit:
Water Needs:
Summer - Medium Water
Sun Needs:
Full Shade
Part Shade
Soil Type:
Average Soil
Zn 0 to 6 - too cold for me!

Resistant to Deer and Rabbit.

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