Athyrium niponicum pictum
Japanese Painted Fern
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.
Fronds grow to 1–1 1/2 ft. long, making a tight, slowly spreading, foot-high clump. Leaflets are purplish at the base, then lavender, then silvery greenish-gray toward the tip.
Plant is 1 ft. tall and 2 ft. wide; has lilac blooms and resists mildew.
Native to much of North America. Grows to 4 ft. or taller, 2–3 ft. wide. Thin, finely divided fr...
Native from western Europe to the Caucasus and Turkey. Forms a dense clump 8–18 in. high, spread...