Plant of the Week

Regal Red Japanese Painted Fern

fern regal red japanese paintedAthyrium niponicum.  Violet red fronds are highlighted by silver edges when planted in the shady spots of the garden for a striking effect. Used indoor and outside in the shade garden for its extra drought hardiness. Gently twisted and curled at the tips, the foliage looks feisty and dense. A showpiece of a fern when it reaches 1 foot high and spreading 2 feet wide. The best color shows on this specimen when some morning sun highlights the leaves. A local perennial that is left alone by deer and rabbits and pairs beautifully with hostas, hellebors and coral bells. Very easy to grow and always dependable.

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