Japanese Painted Fern Metallicum




Regular Price: $14.98

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Shipping begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first. Learn More…

Metallicum is a hybrid of the famous tri-colored fern. Wine red fronds, silvery sheen. (Athyrium niponicum pictum)

Zones 3 - 8
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Light Requirements
Half Sun / Half Shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
Full Shade
Full Shade
Mature Plant Size 18-20" tall, 18-24" wide
Bloom Time Foliage plant all summer
Size Plant - 3" pot

Plant Information

Like all of the Japanese Painted Fern hybrids, this on is a close relative of our native Lady Fern, and enjoys the same shaded moist conditions. Japanese Painted Fern grows only to about 1 1/2 ft, and forms a very slowly spreading clump, making it well-suited to home gardens.

Painted of course, refers to the stem color and the multi-colored leaflets on each frond.

Common Name Japanese Painted Fern
Botanical Name Athyrium niponicum pictum
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade
Mature Height 18-20" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 18-24" wide
Bloom Time Foliage plant all summer
Planting Depth Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Ships As Potted Plant
Foliage Tri-colored fronds
Planting Time Spring / Summer
Soil Type Loamy Soil, Moist/Wet Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Moist/Wet
Advantages Deer Resistant
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No


Shipping begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

As soon as your order is placed you will receive an order confirmation email that will include your shipping information. We ship perennials and spring-planted bulbs at the proper planting time for your hardiness zone. Perennials and spring-planted bulb orders will arrive separately from seeds. If your order requires more than one shipment, there is no additional shipping charge. See our shipping information page for approximate ship dates and more detailed information. If you need express shipping or have any questions, please call Customer Service toll-free at (877) 309-7333 or contact us by email.

You will receive a second email the day your order ships telling you how it has been sent. Your order is scheduled to arrive at your door, fresh and ready to plant, usually within 3-5 days of leaving our warehouse, depending on your shipping address. We pack our plants to withstand up to 10 days in transit, in the event transit is delayed. We cannot guarantee arrival on a specific day. Please make sure to open your package upon receipt and follow the instructions included.

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American MeadowsJapanese Painted Fern Metallicum

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Cute fren


from Elyria, OH

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  • Attractive


    Best Uses

    • Outdoors

    Comments about American Meadows Japanese Painted Fern Metallicum:

    Right now my fern is somewhat small, but I was pleased to see it survived the winter. I love the unique foliage.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal

    Not so sure


    from Massachusetts

    About Me Avid Gardener



      • Slow Growth

      Best Uses

      • Shade

      Comments about American Meadows Japanese Painted Fern Metallicum:

      Received this via FedEx on Saturday-Looked like it was on life support coming out of the box. Planted and watered in to specifications. We will see if it survives

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


      A Wonderful Fern!


      from Culver City, CA

      About Me Avid Gardener


      • Low Maintenance
      • Vivid Colors


        Best Uses

        • Border Control

        Comments about American Meadows Japanese Painted Fern Metallicum:

        I initially planted this fern in a pot and later transplanted it to a shaded spot along a fence. It grew slowly but reliably and seems healthy. I love the colors!

        As a bonus, another fern is growing in the old pot, so I'll have two for one!

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        USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

        To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

        • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
        • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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