athyrium niponicum 'pictum' (japanese painted fern)

  • fronds emerge from the ground in the spring a deep burgundy-purple colour
  • opening up to a silvery-green with deep purple stems
  • clumping habit with a slight weeping effect
  • colonies form by shallow, spreading rhizomes
  • great plant for brightening a shady spot
  • non-flowering
  • zone 3 
  • height 45-60cm
  • spread 30-45cm
  • grows best in a rich, moist, well-drained soil in full to partial shade
  • colours are more distinct in light shade
  • stems can be pruned off in the fall after frost
  • partial sun/shade, full shade
  • deer resistant
  • low maintenance
  • (image courtesy of NVK nurseries, NVK holdings inc.)