Fern Japanese Painted Crested Surf

Athyrium, Japanese Painted Fern

$17.95 ea. (3+ discount) $17.50 ea.

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Plant Code: FECS

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Gentle swells of silvery gray-green foliage are ribbed with eggplant purple. Elegant filigreed crested frond tips add pleasing waves of lacy texture. A vigorous, taller variety perfect for moist, shady locales. Add this beauty in a combination container planting for an elegant display. Crested Surf Fern is a selection of Japanese Painted Fern. An ideal choice for naturalizing a shaded retreat. Mass near pond or stream banks with shade from other plants. The Latin name for this Fern is Athyrium niponicum.


Type: Perennials
Height: Medium 20-22"
Spacing: Plant 28-30" apart
Bloom Time: Not Applicable
Sun-Shade: Half Sun / Half Shade to Full Shade
Zones: 3-8   Find Your Zone
Soil Condition: Normal, Acidic, Sandy
Flower: Silver
Accent: Green
Patent: PP14,514
Pot Size: 3.5" square x 4" deep

Features to Note

  • Deer Resistant
  • Edgers
  • OK in Containers
  • Rabbit Resistant
  • Shade Tolerant
  • Wet Site Tolerant
  • Winter Interest

Fern General Information

Ferns are perfect for the shade garden. Lacy fronds soften the texture of other go-to shade classics like Hosta, Astilbe and Tiarella. Always welcome in a naturalized setting, Ferns like a woodland setting with loamy soil with lots of leaf mold. Most are fine with acidity making them perfect near evergreens. Idaho has restricted all potted plant material from being shipped into Idaho at this time.

Fern Plant Care

Prefers a moist, humus-rich soil. Allow foliage to remain over the winter to create a natural mulch. Clip off dead and damaged fronds in the spring. Rarely requires division, but if desired can be divided in spring or fall once large enough to have two or more crowns.