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.
Plants and flowers resemble those of medium-size campanulas. Blue or white, drooping, bell-shaped flow...
From the Pyrenees. Forms wide, 8–12-in.-tall mats composed of 1–1 1/2-in., soft gray-green...
Compact, spreading, leafy tufts, to 6 in. tall. Flower stems are upright, branching; usually about 8 i...