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Athyrium filix-femina (photo courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens)
Athyrium filix-femina (photo courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens)

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Zones 1-9, 14-24, 31-43
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Athyrium ‘Ghost’

Athyrium
Ferns

ATHYRIUM

Fronds of most types turn brown after repeated frosts. Leave dead foliage on plants through winter to provide mulch and to shelter delicate emerging fronds in early spring; cut back after new fronds have appeared. Species described here prefer rich, damp soil and will tolerate considerable sun if grown in constantly moist soil. Propagate by dividing old clumps in early spring.

Athyrium ‘Ghost’

Popular hybrid between Athyrium niponicum pictum and A. filix-femina. Upright growth to about 2 1/2 ft. tall and 2 ft. wide, with silvery gray fronds and dark purple midribs.

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