Athyrium 'Pewter Lace'Athyrium 'Pewter Lace'

Athyrium ‘Pewter Lace’

An exceptional Japanese Painted Fern with pewter metallic foliage. The deeply contrasting mid-rib in burgundy-purple is a nice plus. Tolerant of heat and humidity (will need moisture in the south). Likes a rich, fertile soil. Combines well with Tiarella and Hosta.

USDA Hardiness Zone(s): 4-9
Size (HT/W/FL HT): 18″ / 18″ / –“
Exposure: Part Shade, Full Shade
Bloom Time(s):

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Common Name

Japanese painted fern





niponicum var. pictum

Plant Type



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Hardiness Zone

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Growth Habit

Size (HT/W/FL HT)

18" / 18" / –"

Finish Time

Growth Rate

Most Active Growing Season

Leaf Color



Fertile, rich, moist soil with good porosity.


5.5 – 6.5



Special Uses


Nutritional Needs

50 – 75 ppm


Dormant in Winter.

Water (Greenhouse)

Keep evenly moist.

Water (Garden)

Keep evenly moist.

How Different?

Compared to 'Silver Falls', it is pewter silver rather than silver. Clonal, so each plant has identical metallic pewter colored foliage. (Most ferns on the market come from spores and are very variable.)

Landscape Value

It is wonderful in the shade garden, in a container, as an understory plant, or in the woodland garden.

Finish Time to 4"

8 weeks in spring.


Grows slowly. Not salt tolerant. Must have 12 weeks of dormancy. Foliage color stabilizes once plant is mature. It is normal for Athyrium roots to be black.

Grower Notes

Recommend transplanting to a 4" from a 72 cell size.

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