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Athyrium 'Ghost'

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Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
 Common Name: Fern-Ghost

A hybrid cross between Japanese Painted fern (A. niponicum 'Pictum') and Lady Fern (A. filix-femina), this selection sports stunning frosted apple green fronds that seem to emit a ghostly white light in the shade. Dark purple stems hold the broad fronds rigidly upright. This selection is taller than many other Athyriums and is more tolerant of dry soil.

Parentage: A. niponicum x A. filix-femina

Origin: Not Native to North America

Characteristics:



Height:
  24-36 Inches
Spread:
  18-24 Inches
Foliage Color:
  Green shades
Hardiness Zone:
3,4,5,6,7,8
Find Your Zone
Sun or Shade?:
  Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun)
  Full shade (< 4 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
  Average water needs
  Consistent water needs
Need critter resistant plants?:
  Rabbit resistant
How fast should it grow?:
  Medium
When should it bloom?:
  Grown for its attractive foliage
How's your soil?:
  Poor Soil
  Average Soil
  Fertile Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
  Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
  Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
  Container/Patio
  Woodland/Shade
  Asian
  Eclectic

Attributes:

Border plants
Container
Cut flower or foliage
Ground cover
Grown for attractive foliage

Awards:

  Missouri Botanical Garden Plants of Merit
  Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit 2012

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Athyrium grows best in moist soil with a neutral to moderately acidic pH. However, this variety can withstand drier soil than many other athyriums. Partial to full shade is best; some sunlight is necessary to draw out the coloring. To protect the crowns and tender shoots in the spring, it is best to leave the old fronds on the plant over the winter. They can be removed in the spring when the new fronds reach 6 inches tall. If division is necessary, do so in the spring.


Companions:

Common/Botanical Name
Zones  
Asarum splendens
Common Name: Ginger-Chinese Wild
(5),6,7,8,9
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Astilbe 'Ostrich Plume' ('Straussenfeder')
Common Name: Astilbe-Tall Japanese
4,5,6,7,8,9
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Brunnera macrophylla
Common Name: Brunnera-Heartleaf
3,4,5,6,7,8
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Cimicifuga ramosa 'Hillside Black Beauty' PP9988 COPF
Common Name: Snakeroot-Black
4,5,6,7,8
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Galium odoratum
Common Name: Sweet Woodruff
4,5,6,7,8
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Helleborus orientalis ROYAL HERITAGE™ Strain
Common Name: Lenten Rose
4,5,6,7,8,9
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Heucherella 'Burnished Bronze' PP12159 COPF
Common Name: Foamy Bells
3,4,5,6,7
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Hosta 'Pilgrim'
Common Name: Hosta
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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Liriope muscari 'Big Blue'
Common Name: Lily-turf-Blue
5,6,7,8,9,10
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Ligularia dentata 'Britt-Marie Crawford' PP16113
Common Name: Ligularia-Bigleaf
4,5,6,7,8,9
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Pulmonaria 'Majeste'
Common Name: Lungwort
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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While every effort has been made to describe this plant accurately, please keep in mind that the height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates throughout the country. The description of this plant was written based on our experience growing it in Michigan (USDA hardiness zone 5) and on numerous outside resources.