Athyrium niponicum var. pictum

(Fern, Japanese Painted)


Hardiness Zones:

 3a  3b  4a  4b  5a  5b  6a  6b  7a  7b  8a  8b

Quick Overview:

Japanese painted fern is one of the most popular cultivated ferns. It is a deciduous fern with a weeping habit which typically grows to 18″ tall and features a slowly spreading clump of triangular, variegated fronds (to 20″ long). Fronds are a soft grayish-green with an overlay of silvery hues accented by contrasting dark maroon midribs. The spore-producing structure called sori are located in a herringbone pattern along the veins of the pinnules.   (Courtesy of Missouri Botanical Gardens Plant Finder)


Easily grown in humusy, organically rich, medium moisture, well-drained soil in part shade to full shade. Best sited in sheltered locations. Best frond color in light shade. Soil must not be allowed to dry out. Divide clumps in early spring. Naturalizes well by short, branching rhizomes and can form dense colonies in optimum growing conditions.   (Courtesy of Missouri Botanical Gardens Plant Finder)

Additional information

Common Name

Fern, Japanese Painted

Botanical Name

Athyrium niponicum var. pictum


1 gallon

Evergreen or Deciduous


Hardiness Zone

3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b

Growth Rate


Light Requirements

Part-shade, Part-sun, Shade


1 to 1 1/2 feet


1 to 2 feet

Soil Condition

High in Organic Matter

Water Needs




Foliage Color


Deer Resistant


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