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Athyrium 'Godzilla' - Giant Japanese Painted Fern


The Giant Japanese painted fern, scientifically known as Athyrium' Godzilla,' is a popular ornamental plant prized for its attractive foliage. Like Athyrium n. 'Pictum' on steroids, this giant painted fern was discovered at Plant Delights Nursery in the mid-90s and is thought to be a spelling of 'Pictum' and the Lady Fern and is known for its vibrant colors and delicate fronds.


Why is the Giant Japanese Painted Fern a good choice for homeowners?

  1. Size: The fronds of the Athyrium Godzilla fern can reach a staggering height of up to 3 feet and a spread of 4 to 6 feet.
  2. Foliage: The fronds of this fern species have a graceful arching habit and are usually a silvery-gray color with contrasting purple or burgundy highlights. The coloration can vary depending on the amount of light the fern receives.
  3. Growth Habit: This fern is deciduous, which sheds its fronds in winter and produces new growth in spring. It forms a clumping habit and spreads slowly through underground rhizomes.
  4. Shade Tolerance: The Giant Japanese-painted fern thrives in partially shaded to shaded areas. It prefers moist, well-draining soil and often grows along stream banks or in woodland gardens.
  5. Landscaping Use: Due to its unique foliage coloration and texture, the Giant Japanese-painted fern is a popular choice for adding interest to shady garden areas. It can be used as a border plant, in mass plantings, or as a focal point in a mixed perennial bed.

Are Giant Japanese Painted Ferns high maintenance?

  1. Maintenance: This fern is generally low-maintenance. It requires regular watering to moisten the soil, especially during dry periods. Mulching thoroughly around the base of the plant can help ensure moisture and regulate soil temperature. Additionally, removing dead fronds in late winter or early spring can promote new growth.

The giant Japanese-painted fern is a visually appealing species that add elegance to shaded gardens and landscapes. Its striking coloration and adaptability make it a sought-after choice among gardeners and plant enthusiasts.

The Giant Japanese-painted fern is a NON-NATIVE fern.

  • USDA Zones 3-8
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Growing Zones:
  • Color: Green, White, Purple
  • Season: Spring, Summer
  • Height: 3 Feet
  • Exposure: Partial Shade - Full Sun
  • Ships As: Root/Rhizome
  • Warranty: 1 Year

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