Athyrium niponicum 'Pictum'

Fern, Japanese Painted

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  • 2004 Perennial Plant of the Year.

Dramatic foliage is a standout in the shade garden. The dark, blue green central rib of each frond fades to silver at the edges. Short habit and spreading form is excellent as foreground foliage and ideal for pots. Herbaceous. 


18-24 in


18-24 in

Hardiness Zone:

1 - 9

Fern, Japanese Painted Growing and Maintenance Tips

Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed frequently during growing season with a general purpose fertilizer. Cut back old fronds after new growth begins in spring.

Athyrium niponicum 'Pictum' Characteristics


  • Specimen
  • Border
  • Container


  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Shade Tolerant

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium

Soil Moisture Needs

  • Moist