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Athyrium ‘Silver Falls’


This plant is no longer for sale directly from TERRA NOVA® Nurseries. However, it may still be available through one of our Licensees or Retail Sources.


Unlike any other painted fern, this one intensifies its silvering as the season progresses. Winner of the 2002 “Stars of Spring” awards in New Zealand, with stunning, lustrous fronds that shimmer with its contrasting red veins. Later to appear in the spring than the other Japanese painted ferns.

USDA Hardiness Zone(s): 4-9
Size (HT/W/FL HT): 24″ / 24″ / –“
Exposure: Part Shade, Full Shade
Bloom Time(s):

SKU: ATHSILFAL Categories: ,
Common Name Japanese painted fern
Family Dryopteridaceae
Genus Athyrium
species niponicum var. pictum
Plant Type Perennial
US Patent # --
EU Grant # --
Bloom Time --
Flower Color --
Foliage Color Green, Red, Silver
Dormancy Winter
Exposure Part Shade, Full Shade
Growth Habit Clumping
Growth Rate Slow
Hardiness Zone 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
How Different? Clonal, so each plant has identical silver 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.
Most Active Growing Season Spring
Persistence Deciduous
Size (HT/W/FL HT) 24" / 24" / --"
Soil (Garden) Fertile, rich, moist soil with good porosity.
Water (Garden) Keep evenly moist.
Special Uses Award Winners, Deep South, Deer Resistant
Comments This Athyrium is later to appear in the spring then other Japanese ferns. The foliage color stabilizes, once plant is mature. This fern is not salt tolerant. It is normal for Athyrium roots to be black. Winner of the 2002 "Stars of Spring"award in New Zealand.
Water (Greenhouse) This plant likes humidity, so keep evenly moist. Drought can force plants into dormancy.
EC 0.5 – 0.7
pH 5.5 – 6.5
Fertility Needs 50 – 75 ppm
Notes Recommend transplanting to a 4″ from a 72 cell size.
Finish Time to 4″ 6 – 8 weeks
Finish Time to Gallon 8 – 10 weeks
Day Length for Flowering Day Neutral
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