Pictum Japanese Painted Fern

If you’ve ever tried your hand at shade gardening then you’ve probably planted a few ferns. There are literally hundreds of them to choose from with a wide range of form, size and texture. One of my all-time favorites is the Japanese painted fern. Each frond looks as though it has been meticulously hand painted in shades of green, gray and burgundy. The variety ‘Pictum’ has wine-red stems that bleed over into the slivery-green fronds. The colors have a metallic sheen to them that makes this fern a real standout in both containers and beds. So, if you’re looking for a plant that has foliage as beautiful as a bloom, give the Japanese painted fern a try.

Japanese Painted Fern
Athyrium nipponicum
perennial, sun garden favorite
Bloom Time
rich humus
Plant Height
12 to 18 inches