Japanese Painted Fern 'Burgundy Lace'

Athyrium niponicum var. pictum

Family: Dryopteridaceae
Genus: Athyrium (uh-THEE-ree-um) (Info)
Species: niponicum var. pictum
Cultivar: Burgundy Lace
Additional cultivar information:(PP15072)
Hybridized by Heims
Registered or introduced: 2004
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Foliage Color:



Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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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:

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Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

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Propagation Methods:

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Seed Collecting:

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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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Gardeners' Notes:


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

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


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.


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".


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!!


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!... read more