Athyrium niponicum 'Godzilla' - Japanese Painted Fern
Leave it to Tony Avent of Plant Delights Nursery to discover the biggest, baddest Japanese Painted Fern of 'em all.
According to Tony, "This sporeling showed up in our garden in the mid-1990's and it wasn't long before we realized we had something special. There was something about its 3' tall x 6.5' wide proportions that were a bit out of the ordinary for a typical Japanese painted fern, despite its typical painted fern leaf appearance. Although the leaf backs were covered in patches of felty brown spores there was no viability, indicating some horticultural hanky panky with a nearby lady fern (Athyrium filix-femina) had conceived this "mule." We have divided our clump so we can finally share 'Godzilla' with our gardening friends. As with all athyriums, deer-resistance is excellent."
If you aren't familiar with Japanese Painted Fern, you should be! Fronds vary in shades of green blended with burgundy and gray, arranged in a unique and decorative way to give the appearance of motion. Best displayed in filtered shade, as direct sun will burn the foliage. Plant it as a focal point where it will gradually spread to form an elegant ground cover. Deciduous. Available June 2015
Plant Height: 3 feet
Spread: 6.5 feet
Hardiness Zones: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9