Athyrium niponicum var. pictum 'Ursula's Red' (Painted Lady Fern)
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Athyrium niponicum var. pictum 'Ursula's Red' (Painted Lady Fern)

Painted Lady Fern 'Ursula's Red', Japanese Painted Fern 'Ursula's Red', Athyrium filix-femina 'Ursula's Red', Athyrium 'Ursula's Red', Athyrium niponicum 'Ursula's Red'


Athyrium niponicum var. pictum 'Ursula's Red' (Painted Lady Fern) is a striking deciduous fern forming a pretty rosette of arching, triangular , silver fronds with contrasting dark reddish stipes. Emerging flushed with wine red down the center, the foliage fades to silvery-green as the season progresses. Slowly spreading, this fern adds elegance to the shade garden or containers. Perfect for brightening up a dark or shady garden area, plant this graceful fern in drifts and underplant with small, early flowering bulbs, such as snowdrops (Galanthus), as these will appear before the fronds, extending the season of interest of your planting. Best color is obtained in light to medium shade.

  • Grows up to 24 in. tall and wide (60 cm).
  • Performs best in part shade to full shade in fertile, humus-rich, neutral to acid, moist but well-drained soils. Do not allow the soil to dry out. Will tolerate full sun, if consistent moisture is provided. Provide a sheltered location.
  • This plant is a great choice for shady beds and borders, city gardens, cottage gardens, woodland gardens or patio containers.
  • No serious pest or disease issues. Deer resistant.
  • Dead or damaged fronds may be removed as necessary.
  • Propagate by division in spring

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 8
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
Plant Type Ferns
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
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, Deer, Rabbit, Wet Soil
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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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 4 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 8
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
Plant Type Ferns
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
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, Deer, Rabbit, Wet Soil
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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