Fern Japanese Painted Athyrium niponicum 'Pictum'



Athyrium niponicum 'Pictum' Japanese Painted Fern's new fronds are a soft metallic gray with rose and maroon tints; they take on a deeper blue-green color as they mature. Japanese Painted Fern has a graceful weeping habit. Athyrium niponicum 'Pictum' was chosen the Perennial Plant Association's 2004 Plant of the Year.Japanese Painted Fern is deciduous.

Athyrium niponicum 'Pictum' prefers bright to moderate shade and moist, well-drained soil. It is somewhat drought tolerant, once established, but will look best with consistent moisture.


  • Common Names: Japanese Painted Fern
  • Zones: 4-9
  • Light Requirements: Part Shade to Shade
  • Soil Preference: Prefers moist, well-drained soil
  • Height at Maturity: 12-20
  • Width at Maturity: 18-24
  • Bloom Color: Green
  • Foliage Color: Gray/Silver

Special Features

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  • Tolerates: Deer. Rabbits.
  • Other Features:

Care and Growing Tips

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Shipping Info

 Spring 2023 shipping schedule:

Zones 9, 10: Starting Mon. March 20th
Zone 8: Starting Mon. March 27th
Zone 7: Starting Mon. April 3rd
Zone 6: Starting Mon. April 17th
Zone 5: Starting Mon. May 1st
Zones 2, 3, 4: Starting Mon. May 8th

If you'd like to receive your plants now, you can request it in the 'shipping requests' box on the order or email us. (Please note that we will not ship dormant plants, and we do not offer any sort of guarantee for plants overwintering.)

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Please note: Depending on the time of year, the foliage of the plants may be trimmed to fit into our shipping boxes. This could delay the flowering of the plant, but many perennials actually benefit from being cut back.

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