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PlantFiles: Japanese Painted Fern
Athyrium niponicum var. pictum 'Applecourt'

Family: Dryopteridaceae
Genus: Athyrium (uh-THEE-ree-um) (Info)
Species: niponicum var. pictum
Cultivar: Applecourt

5 vendors have this plant for sale.

8 members have or want this plant for trade.


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 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:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From spores

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Rat_Wrangler On Jul 10, 2010, Rat_Wrangler from Bay City, MI (Zone 6a) wrote:

Very pretty fern. Not only does it have the coloring, but the fronds are all 'crested' making it kind of fluffy looking. Mine is in shade under a lilac, I actually moved it forward to the front of the shade garden this spring as it is so interesting.

Positive gregr18 On Jun 5, 2007, gregr18 from Bridgewater, MA (Zone 6b) wrote:

This is an interesting variant of a regular Japanese Painted Fern. I initially had it growing in quite deep shade, and it performed poorly. I have since moved it to an area that gets almost full sun and it is flourishing. It also responds well to liquid fertilizer.


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

Somers, Connecticut
Marietta, Georgia
Bridgewater, Massachusetts
Bay City, Michigan
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Wyckoff, New Jersey
Buffalo, New York
Clinton Corners, New York
Pittsboro, North Carolina
Canton, Ohio
Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Arlington, Tennessee
Fort Worth, Texas

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