Fern Athyrium Pictum (Painted Fern)
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Athyrium niponicum var. pictum, commonly known as Japanese painted fern, is a rhizomatous, deciduous fern with an arching habit that typically grows to 18” tall. It features a slowly spreading clump of triangular, variegated fronds to 20” long. Fronds are a soft grayish-green with an overlay of silvery hues accented by contrasting dark maroon midribs. Silvering is best for several weeks in the spring, with fronds becoming greener as hot temperatures arrive. Genus name comes from Greek athyros meaning doorless in reference to the slowly opening hinged indusia (spore covers). Specific epithet means Japanese.