Athyrium niponicum var. pictum

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Buy Athyrium niponicum var. pictum Japanese painted fern: Decorative, deciduous fern

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

    This elegant, deciduous fern has deeply cut, greyish-green fronds effused with silver and purple. An excellent companion for shade-loving woodland plants it provides long-lasting foliage interest for a shady, sheltered patio or courtyard garden with moist, fertile, neutral to acid soil.

  • 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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Notes on Athyrium niponicum var. pictum

"The delicately toothed fronds of this fern have a grey-silver colour wash that’s made more attractive by purple-bloomed midribs and they prostrate on bare soil to great effect"

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I have a pond with a garden alongside which has a shady side and this is where I have planted my three ferns. They are thriving and haven't looked back since I planted them. The ferns have exceeded my expectations. I am delighted!

Old digger



Yes I would buy this product again.


I planted this lovely fern in a cork pot and it looked gorgeous. However it struggled in the hot weather of 2018. I was at that time developing a plot in my garden which will be planted as a woodland theme so I am hoping it survives the winter and I can re-plant it in the ground in a more shady spot. If it doesn't survive, I will definitely give it another try.




Variegated ferns!


Lovely plants.




A splash of colour


A splash of colour in a shady area. Great addition to the usual green ferns.




I would buy this again


Small, very beautiful fern, has done well in partial shade.




Lovely fern


Gorgeous fern, just a shame it dies back for a good chunk of the year - this could have been clearer in the description, but otherwise very happy with it.

Kate F



healthy plant, will recommend if it survives the winter


Others have commented that this variety is sometimes hard to over winter, helpful hints on how to keep it on your website would be helpful. Does it really need the root room suggested by the big pot it came in too? Lovely plant but a bit fragile when it comes to inclement weather and exposed positions




Happy Chappy


Really Happy With This Fern Would Buy Again

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Athyrium niponicum var. pictum

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Can you plant this fern in a pot? If you can which type of compost should I use?


Hello there Yes you could plant this fern in a pot. As this plant likes a neutral to acidic soil I would use an ericaceous soil. Hope this helps.

I am ok to still plant in October? Hi there, I am really new to gardening so you hope you can help me! I have ordered these plants below, ..... if they arrive in 1-2 weeks time is it still going to be alright to plant? (probably a question I should have asked before I placed the order!!)I know there is a certain time by which you need to get all your planting done before it gets to cold. Athyrium niponicum var. pictum, Acer palmatum var. dissectum 'Crimson Queen', Heuchera villosa 'Palace Purple', Luzula nivea, Clematis 'Jackmanii Superba', Clematis florida var. sieboldiana. Appreciate your advise. Cheers,

Mearah Wanigasekera

Hello There, As a general rule hardy plants that are grown in containers can be planted at any time of year as long as the soil isn't frozen solid. The best times are in the autumn when the soil is still warm enough to encourage root growth but the plant isn't in active growth, or the spring before the temperatures start to rise. You can also plant in mid summer as long as you make sure the plants are kept well watered. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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