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Japanese Painted Fern (Athyrium niponicum var. pictum)

Westmoreland, TN(Zone 7a)

Japanese Painted Fern
Athyrium niponicum var. pictum

Thumbnail by rh3708
Minneapolis, MN

Wow! This looks like something entirely different from Japanese painted fern. Painted fern fronds would be more divided, even when they're young. The leaf shape and arrangement is a little like a fern I saw once (Pellaea atropurpurea http://www.flickr.com/photos/erutuon/528358429/), though this is obviously not that exact species.

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