Athyrium niponicum (Mett.) Hance

Painted Lady Fern

Family: Woodsiaceae

Genus: Athyrium

Category: Fern

Zones: 5 to 8

Size: 18" tall and wide

Growth Rate: Moderate

Exposure: Part Shade, Shade


Moist, well-drained soil. Spreads by rhizomes. Deciduous.



Native to China and Japan.

Published in J. Linn. Soc., Bot. 13: 92 in 1873. M. Maximowicz sends from Japan and littoral Manchuria a variety approaching A. Goeringianum by its rigidity of texture and aspidioid indusia. It is curious that a fern which extends from the extreme south of China, along the whole eastern seaboard into Manchuria and Japan, should have remained so long undetected. I am now quite satisfied by the arguments of Milde that Athyrium is a distinct group which cannot, without violence to nature, be associated with Asplenium.

Basionym is Asplenium niponicum Mett. According to Tropicos, the accepted name is Athyrium brevisorum (Wall.) Bedd.

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