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Japanese Painted Fern

Athyrium nipponicum 'Pictum'
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Typically available from spring through fall. Check with your local store for current availability. 

Herbaceous perennial fern grows with a tight, slowly spreading, clumping habit. Leaflets are purplish at the base, lavender, then silvery-greenish-gray toward the tips. Great for containers or in shady beds. 

Plant with Bleeding Heart


  • Landscape Size: 1'-2' tall, 1'-2' width
  • Light Requirement: Morning Sun/Afternoon Shade
  • Water Needs: Moderate
  • USDA Zone: 5a
  • Growth Habit: Clumping, Spreading
  • Growth Rate: Moderate
  • Attributes: Deer Resistant

These characteristics apply to the greater Sacramento area and nearby regions. 

Live outside of our area? Please check with your local cooperative extension for the best growing practices in your neck of the woods.

Visit: UC Cooperative Extension Offices

Visit: National County Extension Offices

Green Thumb Guide

Prefers enriched, well draining, slightly acidic soil. Plant in a mostly shady area. Feed with a light fertilizer in spring when new growth appears. 



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