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.
Leaves may be trimmed to the ground in late fall or early spring. Go dorment in summer if they do not get enough moisture.
Plants are easily divided in spring, every 3 to 4 years.
In Our Garden
Plant ID: P17007
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.