Athyrium 'Godzilla'

Fern, Giant Japanese Painted

Forms a massive, arching clump of silvery fronds with green highlights and dark purple stems. Like the Lady Fern, ‘Godzilla’ spreads slowly where it is happiest in moist, loamy soils.

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36 in


48-72 in

Hardiness Zone:

3 - 8

Fern, Giant Japanese Painted 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 'Godzilla' Characteristics


  • Cut Flower / or Foliage
  • 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 'Godzilla'

Foamy Bells Foamy Bells (Heucherella 'Catching Fire')