The Plant Company

Bringing your garden to life


01403 740100

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The Plant Company
Coolham Road
West Chiltington
West Sussex
RH20 2LH

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Opening times:
Monday-Friday, 9:00-17:30


The Plants

Athyrium niponicum var. pictum 'Metallicum'

japanese painted fern

Photo of Athyrium niponicum var. pictum 'Metallicum'


A striking deciduous fern with soft, metallic grey and reddish or purple hues. An excellent companion for shade-loving woodland plants. It provides long-lasting foliage interest for a shady, sheltered patio or courtyard garden with moist, fertile, neutral to acid soil.


  • Ferns

Award of Garden Merit

Foliage: Deciduous

Hardiness: Hardy

Vigour: Medium growing


  • Flower arranging
  • Woodland area
  • Contemporary style garden
  • Japanese style garden

Special features

  • Low maintenance
  • Ground cover
  • Architectural

Care instructions

Grow in moist but well-drained neutral to acid soil in partial or full shade. Useful marginal plant for bogs and ponds. In cold areas in late autumn protect the crown of the plant with a dry mulch of straw or bracken.


Size: Small

Pot size: 2 litre

Eventual height: 30cm

Eventual spread: 120cm

Special conditions

  • Wet shade