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.
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.
From Walters Garden, Inc. website
Fern, FE Athyrium 'Ghost'
Common Name Ghost Fern Plant Type Perennial Zone 3-8 Height 24-36" Spread 18-24" Growth Habit Upright, Clumping Growth Rate Medium Bloom Time N/A Light
Part Shade (4-6 hrs. Direct Sun)
Full Shade (< 4 hrs. Direct Sun)
Average Water Needs
Consistent Water Needs
Poor Soil Quality
Average Soil Quality
Fertile Soil Quality
Rabbit Tolerance more tolerant of dry soil Uses
Not Native to North America