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Athyrium 'Ghost'

Fern, Ghost

A hybrid cross between Japanese Painted fern (A. niponicum 'Pictum') and Lady Fern (A. filix-femina), this selection sports stunning frosted apple green fronds that seem to emit a ghostly white light in the shade. Dark purple stems hold the broad fronds rigidly upright. This selection is taller than many other Athyriums and is more tolerant of dry soil.

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24-36 in


18-24 in

Hardiness Zone:

3 - 8

Fern, Ghost Growing and Maintenance Tips

Athyrium grows best in moist soil with a neutral to moderately acidic pH. However, this variety can withstand drier soil than many other athyriums. Partial to full shade is best; some sunlight is necessary to draw out the coloring. To protect the crowns and tender shoots in the spring, it is best to leave the old fronds on the plant over the winter. They can be removed in the spring when the new fronds reach 6 inches tall. If division is necessary, do so in the spring.

Athyrium 'Ghost' Characteristics


  • Cut Flower / or Foliage
  • Ground Cover
  • Border
  • Container

Critter Resistance

  • Rabbit Resistant


  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Shade Tolerant

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium

Soil Moisture Needs

  • Average

Plants that work well with Athyrium 'Ghost'

Foamy Bells Foamy Bells (Heucherella 'Pumpkin Spice')
Plantain Lily Plantain Lily (Hosta 'Dream Queen')