Athyrium niponicum var. pictum 'Ursula's Red'

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Buy Athyrium niponicum var. pictum 'Ursula's Red' painted lady fern: They look they have been sprinkled with silver dust

This fern is deciduous so all its fronds will die back in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again each spring.

  • Position: full or partial shade
  • Soil: moist, fertile, neutral to acid soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    The newly emerging fronds of this beautiful painted lady fern has rich purple-bronze tones, which look like they have been sprinkled with silver dust. This two-tone effect creates a striking foliage contrast for mixed borders or woodland gardens. The purple colour becomes less pronounced as the fronds mature and they become greener with a silver dusting. still take on It also works well when used as low planting in a large pot and placed on a shady terrace. It is easy to grow in reliably moist soil where it will slowly form low-growing clumps.

  • Garden care: Incorporate lots of well-rotted leaf mould, composted pine needles or garden compost into the planting hole. In cold areas in late autumn protect the crown of the plant with a dry mulch of straw or bracken.

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Planting for Family


When the fern arrived, it took a little imagination to see it as the mature plant it is in the Crocus picture, and as it's deciduous, there didn't seem to be anything happening. Still, you have to be used to having faith if you're a gardener, and the fronds are appearing, and I can see the start of the colours. I bought this plant especially because of its name - Japanese Painted Fern - as my daughter who lives in Japan has just had her first baby, so there's a strong family link with things and people Japanese, and I'm really pleased to have another Japanese themed plant in their honour!

Little Gardener



Great quality.


Happy with the plant, it's beginning to slowly establish but it's pace may be down to my poor gardening skills.


North Yorkshire


I would buy this again. Looks good with pulmonaria.


Need to see how well it does in second year after a hard winter - seems good in shade.


Peak district


Ursula's red(painted lady fern)


Arrived in great packaging,were taller than expected,very healthy and I love them they are for my daughter's memorial garden the theme is mostly purple her favourite colour the ferns give a silvery shimmer with a hint of purple will upload a photo when my garden is ready.Would recommend them for a nice touch to any garden.





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Is this plant suitable for growing outside in a pot? If so what size should the pot be - is it better to have a wider shallower one or a tall deep one ?


Hello there Yes this is a garden plant so it should be grown outside. It will happily grow in a pot as long as it is kept well watered and fed, with a neutral to acidic soil, so I would use an ericaceous compost. Regarding the container that is a matter of preference but I have attached a few links below to some pots that you might like. Hope this helps.

The dimensions for this plant are given here as 30/40 cms hgt and 1.2 metres spread.All other sources of information give the dimensions as 30/40 cms hgt and spread ( which is ideal for my requirements). I would be very grateful if you could clarify this for me.


Hello, This is a new fern that has not been grown for any length of time. Therefore its eventual spread is still a bit of a mystery. It does spread by rhizomes however, and its parent will just keep on spreading (slowly), so I suspect it is likely to form a good-sized clump over time. If you want to restrict its spread, then all you need to do is divide the plant in spring.


Hi, could you please tell me if this fern would be suitable to grow in a pot in a heated swimming pool area or would the atmosphere be too hot for it. If not could you recommend one please, Sincerely Brenda Robinson.


Hello, The ferns we sell are all best planted outside, so I don't think they would survive in a heated environment. Perhaps then your best option would be to try to find an indoor fern such as the maidenhair fern (Adiantum).


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