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Athyrium niponicum 'Pictum' (Japanese Painted Fern)

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Athyrium niponicum 'Pictum' is a cultivar of Japanese painted fern, a deciduous fern variety that typically grows to around 18" tall. The 'Pictum' cultivar produces silvery-green fronds with purple-red veins and stems. Silvery green color persists when kept in optimal conditions, and frond tips may end up more creamy white in color than silver-green.

This shade-loving fern is low maintenance and requires part shade and fertile, organically-rich soil with good drainage to thrive and produce the best coloration, but so long as its kept in moist shade, it will continue to grow. Works great as a bed filler or ground cover in shaded areas, in woodland gardens, or along streams and ponds.

Mature Plant Height:Short: 12-29"
Part Shade/Sun (4-6 hours of sun) and Full Shade (less than 4 hours of sun)
Soil Moisture: Medium to Wet and Well-drained
Soil Type: Rich Organic Matter and Wide Tolerance
Foliage Color: Silver/Green-silver/Green-gray
Features: Groundcover
Tolerances: Rabbit Tolerant, Deer Tolerant, Shade Tolerant, Clay Soil Tolerant, and Wet Soil Tolerant
Garden Type: Woodland Garden, Container, Small Space, and Rain Garden

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