The Japanese painted fern was named 2004 Perennial Plant of the Year by the Perennial Plant Association. New leaves of the Burgundy Lace cultivar emerge purple with silver stripes along each vein and the frond tips. Older leaves transform into a contrasting silvery green with purple mid-ribs. It makes a nice companion plant to other shade loving plants, such as coral bells, bleeding heart, astilbe and hosta. The foliage is vibrant from early spring until frost when it will go dormant.
Border, Mass planting, Container, Woodland garden
This low maintenance painted fern needs well drained, compost rich, moist soil. Can tolerate a few hours of sun. Spreads by short, branching rhizomes in optimum growing conditions.