Proven Winners Perennials


Athyrium niponicum 'Crested Surf'

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Common Name:
Crested Japanese Painted Fern
Plant Type:
Shade to Part Sun
Hardiness Zone:
Bloom Color:
Foliage Interest
Bloom Time:
Grown for Foliage
Garden Height:
20-22 Inches
Garden Spread:
28-30 Inches
  • Tri-color leaves add pizzaz to any shade garden
  • Unique in having crested ruffles on the leaf tips
  • Larger growing variety good for the middle of a border

Brings wonderful texture and color to the shade garden. The fronds are similar in color to traditional Japanese Painted Ferns, but with double-crested frond tips. It has a vigorous growth habit and works well in containers as well as the landscape.

Uses: Asian Gardens, Beds, Borders, Containers, Landscapes, Specimen, Woodland Gardens
Critter Resistance: Deer, Rabbit
Notable Features: Cut Foliage, Tri-color Variegation, Ruffled Tips
Growth Habit: Mounding, Spreading

Homeowner Growing Tips: Plant in shade or part sun. Best in acidic to neutral soil; amend with compost before planting, and apply a layer of mulch, pine needles, or chopped leaves afterward. Provide consistant moisture, especially through the heat of summer. Remove spent fronds in early spring, when new growth is 6" high. Divide in spring as new leaves unfurl, if needed.

Photos courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc

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