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Athyrium niponicum var. pictum

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Belonging to the Athyrium genus, Japanese painted fern has a botanical name of Athyrium niponicum var. pictum.

Leaves appear approximately as a   Silver and   Rich Maroon

It is an ornamental / fern that typically grows as a perennial, which is defined as a plant that matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of three years or more.

Japanese painted fern normally grows to a bushy habit with a max height of 1.30 feet (that's 40.0 cm metric).

Japan is believed to be where Japanese painted fern originates from.

Being a fairly low maintenance plant, Japanese painted fern is normally quite easy to grow provided a minimum level of care is given throughout the year. It will be helpful to note the correct soil, sun and water needs of this plant to ensure that this plant thrives.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Japanese painted fern have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Japanese painted fern

  • Full Shade

  • Dappled Sun

  • Medium

Likes moisture, shade, and some amount of fertility. Deer and rabbit resistant. People tend to consider it one of the tougher ferns out there.

Takes division well.

Try to plant in a location that enjoys full shade / dappled sun and remember to water moderately. Use Zone 3 - Zone 9 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Planting Japanese painted fern in loamy soil with a ph of between 6.1 and 7.5 is ideal for as it does best in weakly acidic soil - weakly alkaline soil. Keep in mind when planting that Japanese painted fern is thought of as very hardy, so this plant will tend to survive through freezing conditions.

See our list of companion Plants for Japanese painted fern to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Japanese painted fern from seed

Transplanting Japanese painted fern

As Japanese painted fern is very hardy, ensure temperatures are mild enough to plant out - wait until after your last frost date to be on the safe side.

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Other names for Japanese painted fern

Painted fern

Athyrium goeringianum

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