Description: An attractive low-maintenance shade garden plant, this fern is also very showy. The leaves are a soft shade of metallic silver-gray with hints of red and blue. Also known as Athyrium niponicum 'Pictum'.
Hardy: Zone 3 (needs a lot of winter mulch)
Bloom Time: None
Height: 12'' - 20''
Sun Needs: Part to full shade
Water Needs: High (Like moisture and humidity)
Outstanding Features: Known for its silver gray foliage with purple-red veins and stems with a weeping habit. The color is stronger with some light sun. Fine leaf texture. Deciduous.
Uses: Shade garden, upper trees, groups well with other ferns and also hostas.
Tips: To keep the soil rich and fertile, mulch planting bed with 2 or 3 inches of compost or leaf mould each spring or fall.