Athyrium niponicum var. pictum Pewter Lace
Athyrium 'Pewter Lace' photo courtesy of Terra Nova Nursery

Japanese Painted Fern

'Pewter Lace' is an exceptional Japanese Painted Fern with arching lance-shaped dark pewter fronds with bright silver green edges. The deeply contrasting mid-rib in burgundy-purple is a nice plus.

  • Height: 30-45 cm (12-18 in)
  • Spread: 30-45 cm (12-18 in)
  • Cold Hardiness: 4-9
  • Sun or Shade: part shade to shade
  • Leaf Colour: silvery green
  • Critter Resistance: deer and rabbits

Growing and Maintenance Tips

Painted Ferns are easy to grow in humusy, organically rich soil that is evenly moist. The prefer a neutral to moderately acidic soil. The soil should not be allowed to dry out throughout the growing season. Some early morning or late afternoon sun is required to bring out the foliage colours. Leave the old foliage on the plant to protect the crowns over the winter. Remove them in the spring as the new fronds begin to sprout. Division is seldom required but, if necessary, can be done in the spring.