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Athyrium niponicum 'Regal Red' (Japanese painted fern)

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Athyrium niponicum 'Regal Red'

Japanese painted fern

Handsome and ruffled, this high-color selection has been a much requested Japanese Painted Fern. The dark violet red interior of each 'Regal Red' frond is contrasted by bright silver edges making each leaflet distinct and creating an overall tapestry effect. The pinnules also twist a little giving the frond a "fluffed" up look. 'Regal Red' combines beautifully with red-purple Heuchera such as 'Plum Pudding' and blue sedges like Carex platyphylla or C. 'Blue Zinger'. The fronds work well in cut flower arrangements, providing lasting color and soft texture. Unique and beautiful!

Athyrium niponicum 'Regal Red' LP32 - 32 per flat Availability
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12-18 Inches


18-24 Inches


12 Inches

Bloom Color

USDA Hardiness Zone 4-9

Japanese painted fern Interesting Notes

Athyrium niponicum ‘Pictum Regal Red’ is an outstanding painted fern selected by Casa Flora for its reliable intense color. This is a deep burgundy form framed with silver which gets even more beautiful as it ages. In addition although deciduous, this cultivar holds its 8 to 20 inch fronds well into the fall – much more so than many of its brethren. Give this colorful delight a site where one wants to give life and sparkle to woodland flora. Be sure to give it sun free light shade and enjoy it in gardens from Zone 4-9. - Casa Flora

Athyrium niponicum 'Regal Red' Growing and Maintenance Tips

'Regal Red' is an trouble-free landscape plant that prefers evenly moist soils, but will tolerate long periods of drought once it is established. It is best in partial or bright shade. Leaves color up more with a bit of sun exposure, but can be more vertical and less attractive if they receive too much sun.

Good Substitutions

Japanese painted fern Athyrium niponicum var. pictum
lady fern Athyrium × 'Ghost'
Japanese painted fern Athyrium 'Godzilla'
lady fern Athyrium filix-femina

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Shade
Full Shade
Part Sun
Part Sun
Cut Flower
Cut Flower

Additional Information

Soil Moisture Needs
Plug Type
Landscape Plug™
Green Infrastructure
Ornamental Foliage
Propagation Type
Tissue culture