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Painted Fern - Athyrium Niponicum

 The Japanese Painted Fern is also known as the Oriental Ladyfern and usually grows in the East Asian areas. Not only does it have a creeping rhizome, but it also has fronds that are tuft-shaped. The majority of the time, the fronds end up being a whitish green color while the veins in the fronds are a purplish red color. The fronds usually get around 12 to 30 centimeters long, but there have been cases where they grew to over 39 inches. Since these need to be kept in areas that get bright sunlight, it would look great in the parts of the garden that don't get too much sun. When planting and growing these, you want to make sure you use rich soil that drains well because soil that doesn't drain can cause the roots to rot and the plant to die. You also want to make sure you give it a limited amount of fertilization. The best way to do this is to use compost on the soil before planting. Doing so will provide the fern all of the nutrients it needs. If you live in a warmer climate, you want to make sure you don't leave the greenery in the sun. If you do, there's a chance that the fronds can burn. If you happen to see browning areas on the fronds, make sure you gently clip them off. You can expect your fern to grow about 12 to 18 inches high. Since these end up being pretty significant, you want to ensure that there is plenty of room for them to grow both on top of the soil and under. If they run into any other roots under the ground, there's a chance they those roots will strangle the fern's roots, and it will die or stop growing. With the fronds, you want to make sure there aren't any other plants growing under them because they can block the sunlight that these other plants need and end up killing those.

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The Japanese Painted Fern gets its name because of its beautiful silver and burgundy markings.

The Japanese painted fern features unique silver and burgundy markings along its attractive, robust fronds. The name derives from its “painted” appearance which resembles Japanese traditional art. This shade-tolerant groundcover can be used to enhance the borders along walkways and in flower beds as a textural element that holds its color through the fall.

Soil requirements are typical, with the Japanese Painted Fern - along with its favorite variety the Lady Fern - needing moist, well-drained land. Can tolerate some morning sun and holds well in short-lived drought conditions. An easy-to-grow plant that requires little maintenance once established.