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PlantFiles: Japanese Painted Fern
Athyrium niponicum var. pictum 'Burgundy Lace'

Family: Dryopteridaceae
Genus: Athyrium (uh-THEE-ree-um) (Info)
Species: niponicum var. pictum
Cultivar: Burgundy Lace
Additional cultivar information: (PP15072)
Hybridized by Heims; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2004

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Partial to Full Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
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5 positives
No neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive SuburbanNinja80 On Dec 3, 2011, SuburbanNinja80 from Plainfield, IN (Zone 6a) wrote:

I bough this fern at Wally world. And its doing very well.

Positive ChrisZ5 On May 9, 2010, ChrisZ5 from Tracy, IA (Zone 5a) wrote:

This fern is very hardy, surviving two winters in a row with heavy snow fall and constant cold temperatures. It is gorgeous and has vigorous (but not invasive) growth in a partial shade area.

Positive MeNaTree On Mar 15, 2008, MeNaTree from Chelsea, AL (Zone 7b) wrote:

I garden in Alabama USDA zone 7a and my Burgundy lace ferns have thrived in the deep, moist shade next to my patio in humusy-soil. I have to water them twice daily in the heat of the summer, though. I've heard the foliage coloration is better the second year. I cannot wait!! I love this fern and grow it with Autumn fern and hosta 'elegans".

Positive jamie68 On Sep 21, 2006, jamie68 from Vancouver, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

I live in the Pacific Northwest, the fern capital of the US one nursery owner said to me, and this is my favorite fern - hands down!!

Positive DreamOfSpring On May 13, 2006, DreamOfSpring from Charleston, SC (Zone 9a) wrote:

If you want the color seen in vendor pics, grow it in the SHADE!
The 1st year that I had this fern, I kept it in a partly sunny location. I was very dissapointed by the color. It did not look anything like the vendor pics. It was mostly shades of grey-green. By Spring of the following year I had lost my battle with weeds in the area where the fern was planted. In addition, other plants in the area had grown substantially and needed serious pruning. Between the weeds and the overgrowth of its neighbors, I could not even see the fern. At first, I thought it was dead. When I pulled the weeds and pruned the surrounding plants, I was shocked to find that the fern was not only alive but was GORGEOUS, displaying all of the shades of burgandy, lavendar, and silver seen in the vendor photos! However, no longer hidden beneath other foliage, it quickly turned grey-green again. From this I learned that this fern looks best when grown in the SHADE!!!


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Chelsea, Alabama
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Cordele, Georgia
Barrington, Illinois
Palmyra, Illinois
Indianapolis, Indiana
Plainfield, Indiana
Tracy, Iowa
Edwardsburg, Michigan
Cannon Falls, Minnesota
Brooklyn, New York (2 reports)
Coram, New York
Port Washington, New York
Cleveland, Ohio
Glouster, Ohio
Proctorville, Ohio
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Charleston, South Carolina
Conway, South Carolina
Chattanooga, Tennessee
Vancouver, Washington
Glenville, West Virginia
Appleton, Wisconsin

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