Burgundy Lace Painted Fern

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Gorgeous color combination for your shaded gardens! The Burgundy Lace Painted Fern (Athyrium niponicum var. pictum 'Burgundy Lace') is a show-stopping Fern with its contrasting leaves of silvery green and purple midribs on elegant, lacy and frilly fronds!

New growth is ultra finely-toothed and textured and the most intriguing silvery-purple and burgundy! The fronds then mature to a silvery-green with that same vivid purple as a colorful midrib. Elegant and graceful, yet tough and resilient, Burgundy Lace will fill your shaded garden spaces in lush color and texture!

A variety of Japanese Painted Fern, it spreads and forms natural rosettes of arching, lacy fronds that are a prized groundcover. Resplendent in color and form, they add so much grace and finery to your garden's edges, like lace on the edge of a gown! You'll not be surprised that Burgundy Lace was the Perennial Plant Association's 2004 Perennial Plant of the Year!

Planting and Application:

Burgundy Lace makes a wonderful counterpoint to flowering perennials. Any urban or dappled courtyard garden will suit Ferns just fine. Blending into both formal and informal designs beautifully, no shaded rock garden, Asian or Zen-inspired garden would be complete without one of these Ferns!

The high preference for water and wet sites makes Burgundy Lace the obvious choice for Rain Gardens, ponds, streams and water features! Cascading along with your waterfalls and fountains happily! Plant around where shady gutters drain for a woodland glen or plant around your HVAC drainage area to soak up the extra moisture.

A wonderful underplanting for larger shrubs and trees where they will bask in the cool shade that larger plants offer, Painted Fern creeps and mingles under shady limbs and will not interfere with each other's root systems. Plant along the edges of tree-lined borders and along the north/east facing areas of your home's foundation where not much else besides moss will grow. Aptly sized for containers, Painted Fern's gray-green fronds will be the featured spiller and thriller to your shade patio planters!

Burgundy Lace Painted Fern is very striking when planted in large groups and allowed to naturalize freely en masse. A sea of burgundy-purple with silver will be amazing in the dappled shade! Perhaps best known as a shade groundcover, Painted Fern will easily fill an area with its pearlescent colors.

  • Silvery-Green Fern with Purple Overcast
  • Purple Midrib & Fine Texture!
  • Dramatic Clump Forming Plant
  • Herbaceous Groundcover Naturalizes Freely
  • Easy Care & Low Maintenance - Award-Winning

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Burgundy Lace is a deceivingly hardy Fern, for growing zones 5-8. It grows best in humus-rich ground, high in organic matter. Doing great in well-drained soils that retain moisture but will also adapt to tough conditions. It is tolerant of clay soils, wet and soggy spots with high moisture and humidity. As long as it remains shaded, especially in the hot summers of southern climates, Painted Fern will tolerate a lot, even frigid winters. Part shade locations are tolerable in cooler climates of growing zone 4 and up!

Rather deer resistant Athyrium Burgundy Lace will be safe to plant in the out-of-the-way wooded areas and edges of your property without worry of damage. Divide plants in the early spring before new growth emerges.

  • Full Shade to Partial Shade
  • Moist Soil & Water Loving Plant - Does Well in Acidic Soil
  • Deer & Rabbit Pass It By!
  • Tolerant of Cold & Heat - Grows in Wet & Clay Soils
  • Pest & Disease Free

Burgundy Lace Painted Japanese Fern is a great addition of lovely color to a shade garden. With its graceful fern-like foliage, this plant will add texture to any shaded landscape! You'll be glad to have this sterling beauty rambling throughout your gardens, so give Nature Hills Nursery a call today!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Burgundy Lace Painted Fern Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-8
Growing Zones 5-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Athyrium niponicum var. pictum 'Burgundy Lace'
Type Perennial
Mature Height 18 - 24 inches
Mature Spread 18 - 24 inches
Sun Exposure Full Shade
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Silver-Green & Dark Burgundy/Red
Pollinator Friendly No
Pruning Time Late Winter