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Giant Japanese Painted Fern (Athyrium niponicum pictum ‘Godzilla’)

Grey Green Purple Black Silver

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A very unique and rewarding hardy fern, this delightful selection performs well in any rich, evenly moist soil. As it name implies it towers above other painted ferns. It forms a massive, arching clump of silvery fronds with green highlights on dark purple stems. Terrific for edging the shade border, in the rock garden, or in containers. Deciduous. Leaves may be trimmed to the ground in late fall or early spring. Plants are easily divided in spring, every 3 to 4 years.


Sun Exposure 
  Partial Shade or
  Full Shade

Soil Type 
  Sandy or

Soil pH 
  Neutral or
  Alkaline or

Soil Moisture 
  Average or

Care Level 

Flower Colour

Blooming Time

Foliage Color 
  Grey Green  
  Purple Black  

Plant Uses & Characteristics 
  Accent: Good Texture/Form  
  Alpine & Rock  
  Attracts Butterflies  
  Cut Flower  
  Deer Resistant  
  Rabbit Resistant  
  Ground Cover  

Flower Head Size

   80-90 cm  
   31-35 inches

   172-180 cm  
   67-70 inches

Foot Traffic 

Growth Rate 

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