Japanese painted fern

Athyrium niponicum var. pictum 'Burgundy Lace'

Japanese painted fern - Athyrium niponicum var. pictum  'Burgundy Lace'

Common Name: Japanese painted fern
Genus: Athyrium
Species: niponicum var. pictum
Cultivar: 'Burgundy Lace'

Category: Ferns
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has interesting foliage, Suitable for growing in containers

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.45 m (45 cm)
Sun/Shade: Partial shade or Deep shadeSpread: 1.50 m (150 cm)

Foliage Type: Deciduous
Foliage Colour: Bronze, Green, Grey/Silver, Purple

Soil Type: Acidic
Ericaceous: Requires a neutral or acid soil (or ericaceous compost), with a pH of 7 or below
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

The newly emerging fronds of this beautiful fern have rich purple-bronze tones which look like they have been sprinkled with silver dust. This two-tone effect creates a striking foliage contrast for mixed borders or woodland gardens. The purple colour becomes less pronounced as the fronds mature and they become greener with a silver dusting.  It also works well when used as low planting in a large pot and placed on a shady terrace. It is easy to grow in reliably moist soil, where it will slowly form low-growing clumps.

  • Garden care: Incorporate lots of well-rotted leaf mould, composted pine needles or garden compost into the planting hole. In cold areas in late autumn, protect the crown of the plant with a dry mulch of straw or bracken.

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