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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'

SKU: 6908866699861
  • 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

    Part Shade (4-6 hrs. Direct Sun)

    Full Shade (< 4 hrs. Direct Sun)

    Water Needs

    Average Water Needs

    Consistent Water Needs

    Soil Type

    Poor Soil Quality

    Average Soil Quality

    Fertile Soil Quality

    Tolerance more tolerant of dry soil 



    Cut Foliage

    Growund Cover


     Not Native to North America

    Attracts Wings:        


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