Athyrium niponicum 'Godzilla' (Japanese Painted Fern)
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Athyrium niponicum 'Godzilla' (Japanese Painted Fern)

Giant Japanese Painted Fern, Athyrium 'Godzilla'


Aptly named, Athyrium niponicum 'Godzilla' (Japanese Painted Fern) is a striking deciduous fern forming a massive rosette of arching, silvery fronds accented by green highlights and dark purple stems. Slowly spreading, this giant painted fern is easy to grow and lovely when paired with hostas and heucheras.

  • Grows up to 2-3 ft. tall (60-90 cm) and 4-6 ft. wide (120-180 cm). 
  • Thrives in part to full shade, in fertile, humus-rich, neutral to moderately acidicmoist, but well-drained soils. Provide a sheltered location.
  • This plant is a great choice for shady beds and borders, cottage gardens, woodland gardens.
  • Low maintenance, virtually pest and disease free. Rabbit resistant.
  • Dead or damaged fronds may be removed as necessary.
  • Propagate by division in spring

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 9
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A1, A2, A3
Plant Type Ferns
Plant Family Athyrium - Lady Ferns
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 4' – 6' (120cm – 180cm)
Spacing 48" – 72" (120cm – 180cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Clay Soil, Rabbit
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 9
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A1, A2, A3
Plant Type Ferns
Plant Family Athyrium - Lady Ferns
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 4' – 6' (120cm – 180cm)
Spacing 48" – 72" (120cm – 180cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Clay Soil, Rabbit
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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