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.
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Shipping Info


All orders placed now will ship in Spring 2024 unless requested otherwise.

    • Zones 9&10: Starting March 25th
    • Zone 8: Starting April 1st
    • Zone 7: Starting April 8th
    • Zone 6: Starting April 22nd
    • Zone 5: Starting May 6th
    • Zones 4-2: Starting May 13th

If you live in a warm climate and wish to receive your plants during the winter, please send us an email. Please note that we may be unable to fulfill your request if temperatures are too cold for safe transit or if the plants are dormant.

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