Ghost Fern

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Soft & Silvery Painted Fronds of Ghost Fern!

  • Soft Gray-Green Fronds
  • Silvery Sheen over Surface
  • Darker Maroon Midribs
  • Upright Growth
  • Polite Spreading Habit
  • Thrives In Shade
  • Great for Edging, En Masse & Water Features
  • Tolerates Drier Soils & Wet Soils
  • Deer & Rabbit Resistant
  • Disease & Insect Resistant
  • Hybrid Cross of Lady Fern & Japanese Painted Fern

The gossamer fronds and lacy foliage of the Ghost Fern (Athyrium x 'Ghost') are most noted for their gorgeous foliage. Growing in upright clumps, each delicate frond sparkles with a silvery overlay.

The unique foliage color is acquired from its Japanese Painted Fern parentage. While the upright habit inherited from its Lady Fern parent. The combination creates a fantastic textural interest in any shade garden!

The finely divided, double pinnate gray-green leaf, with a silver frost, adds incredible lushness and texture anywhere it is planted! Each frond unfurls beautifully and is incredibly graceful

The slowly spreading clump of the frond's unique coloration is contrasted by the darker maroon midribs.

The fronds become more grayish-green as summer warmer temperatures arrive. Spreading politely throughout your garden, these slowly colonize their space without overtaking or overpowering an area.

How to Use Ghost Fern In The Landscape

Plant en masse under large trees and woodland edges of your property. Ghost Fern sparkles in the dappled sun as an underplanting or winding around your pathways and a shaded driveway.

Use to skirt the bare stems of shrubs and trees as a finishing touch and facer plant.
This fern is best used in shade gardens or shaded borders as edging. Gracefully lining walkways and paths, or framing garden beds in greenery.

Create a focal point planting by clustering these in a grouping of 3 or more for a stand-out accent! Seating areas, birdbaths, outdoor sculptures and urns become the main feature with a fringe of these around their bases.

Its love for moisture makes it fantastic when combined with water features, and in shady gardens near streams or ponds. Include in your Perennial and Cottage gardens for lush green backdrops to highlight your other plants and perennials.

Add to your Cutting gardens for season-long access to fantastic floral arrangement greenery and filler! Plant one as an accent or specimen planting in your favorite garden urn. Or highlighted on a raised berm to further set it apart!

#ProPlantTips For Care

Best in USDA growing zones 4 through 8, These can gain decent height in the garden! Lending tall greenery and a soothing silvery sheen that looks fantastic in the dappled shade.

The Ghost Fern is easily grown in organically rich, medium to wet, well-drained soil in part shade to full shade. Preferring full shade or afternoon shade in the warmer of its hardiness zones.

The best site for this plant is in a sheltered location. The Ghost Fern will tolerate more soil dryness than some other ferns once established, but soils must not be allowed to dry out completely. 

A generous layer of mulch helps retain soil moisture as well as insulate the root system from heat and chill.

Highly deer, rabbit, pest, insect and disease resistant, Ghost Fern is a very tolerant and resilient garden addition. Providing visual interest throughout the growing season!

Silvery fronds to highlight your dappled shade! Order the fantastic Ghost Fern for your landscape this year by ordering at 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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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Ghost Fern Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-8
Growing Zones 4-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Athyrium 'Ghost'
Type Perennial
Mature Height 24 - 30 inches
Mature Spread 18 - 24 inches
Sun Exposure Full Shade
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Silvery Gray-Green
Pollinator Friendly No
Pruning Time Late Autumn
Fragrant No