New, Red Japanese Painted Fern

By Charlie Nardozzi

Ferns are popular shade garden plants that add texture and interest to areas where many plants won't thrive. While the dominant color of ferns is green, the Japanese painted fern adds a silvery touch with just a hint of burgundy. Now there is a new variety of painted fern that adds even more color to shady areas.

'Ursula's Red' (Athyrium nipponicum 'Ursula's Red') is a new variety of Japanese painted fern. In spring the fronds are white on top and red on the bottom. The white color fades to pale silver in summer as the red becomes more dominant. The maroon-red color is most pronounced on the veins and stems. 'Ursula's Red' contrasts well with variegated hostas and green ferns in a shade garden. This vigorous fern grows into a 2-foot-wide and tall clump in shady to partially shady areas. It thrives with consistent moisture on humus-rich soil. 'Ursula's Red' is hardy in USDA hardiness zones 4 to 9.

For more information about 'Ursula's Red' Japanese painted fern, go to: Wayside Gardens.

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