General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Fern
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Wet
Wet Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Plant Height: 12-24 inches
Plant Spread: 24-30 inches
Leaves: Evergreen
Suitable Locations: Terrariums
Bog gardening
Uses: Groundcover
Will Naturalize
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Propagation: Seeds: Other info: Spores
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Awards and Recognitions: RHS AGM
Other: 2004 Great Plant Picks Award Winner

Common names
  • Japanese Painted Fern
  • Ghost Fern
  • Painted Lady Fern
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Anisocampium niponicum
  • Synonym: Athyrium niponicum f. metallicum
  • Synonym: Athyrium niponicum var. pictum
  • Synonym: Athyrium niponicum

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  • Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Jan 14, 2012 11:31 AM concerning plant:
    This fern is noted for its striking silver green fronds. In spring, its fiddleheads emerge with a rosy glow. Clumps normally grow to about 18 inches tall and do best in good soil with a little morning sun and light shade thereafter. Some bright light is needed to bring out the beautiful coloration. Use the Japanese Painted Fern to add splashes of silver to your garden.
  • Posted by eclayne (Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA - Zone 6a) on Jul 28, 2012 5:25 PM concerning plant:
    In both 2011 and 2012 this fern has exceeded 24" in diameter. With this year's moderate drought, temperatures regularly in the 90's, and little supplemental water (a good soaking every two weeks), this fern is holding up surprisingly well. The colors are amazing, with at least three distinct palettes depending on the age of the fronds.
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Move a piece to Rock Garden
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christine2 On May 1, 2016 Obtained plant
variegatagal On April 12, 2021 Plant emerged
Second specimen emerged (sunnier area)
variegatagal On March 23, 2021 Plant emerged
One specimen emerged
variegatagal On April 26, 2020 Transplanted
variegatagal On April 9, 2020 Obtained plant
Purchased 2x from North Haven Gardens
variegatagal On May 4, 2019 Plant emerged
variegatagal On May 14, 2018 Plant emerged
Hiding underneath the catmint
variegatagal On March 18, 2018 Entered Dormancy
North shade bed, under sprinkler head. No signs of growth.
variegatagal On May 6, 2017 Transplanted
Transplanted to shade bed
variegatagal On March 25, 2017 Potted up
Transplanted to grow bag
variegatagal On March 16, 2016 Obtained plant
Strong's Nursery & Garden Center
1900 N I-35E
Carrollton, TX 75006
SuperHappyCamper On August 15, 2021 Obtained plant
Purchased from Pike's Nursery.
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Painted fern? by Cyclaminist May 22, 2016 7:50 PM 1

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