Japanese Painted Fern

Japanese Painted Fern is an excellent plant to install in shaded landscape beds.  This perennial plant sets itself apart from other ferns because of its silver-colored leaves and dark purple stems.  The unique color contrast can add beauty and character to your landscape project.  The silver leaves of this plant also stand out when the plant is installed in mulch beds.  This fern works well as a contrast plant because of its color and texture.  Japanese Painted Fern also works well in mass plantings for shaded areas.  When you have limited choices for plant material because of shade issues, most ferns will perform well in these areas.

This fern does not flower, but it is desirable for landscape planting in colder, wet areas.  Since the fern only grows to about two feet tall and wide, it is ideal for installation in most shade locations.  Mass plantings of this plant work well to fill in bare areas.  This plant also looks good as a stand-alone plant in a shaded landscape environment.  In nature, ferns are usually seen in shaded areas such as forests where it is often moist.  If you have a home built on a shaded lot, you might want to install a few of these ferns in your landscape.

Japanese Painted Fern

Japanese Painted Fern

Japanese Painted Fern

Athyrium Niponicum ‘Pictum’

Plant Details

Flower Color- None

Folage Color- Sliver-Green

Zone- 4-8

Height- 18″-24″

Spread- 18″-24″

Light- Part Sun/Shade

Details- Silver-gray leaves with dark purple stems.

Other Fern plant options.

  • Alaskan Fern
  • American Maidenhair Fern
  • Arborvitae Fern
  • Australian Sword Fern
  • Autumn Fern
  • Burgundy Lace Painted Fern
  • Christmas Fern
  • Cinnamon Fern
  • Deer Fern
  • European Ostrich Fern
  • Fishbone Fern
  • Fortune’s Holly Fern
  • Foxtail Fern
  • Indian Holly Fern
  • Lady Fern
  • Lady in Red Fern
  • Log Fern
  • Pewter Lace Painted Fern
  • Purple Royal Fern
  • Robust Male Fern
  • Silver Cloak Fern
  • Tassel Fern