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Athyrium niponicum var. pictum ‘Red Beauty’

 

Japanese Painted Fern

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionPteridophytaFerns
ClassFilicopsida“Leptosporangiate” (has to do with how their spores form) ferns—includes most ferns
OrderPolypodialesPolypod ferns
FamilyDryopteridaceaeWood ferns (about 70% of the ferns)
GenusAthyriumFrom Greek a, “without,” and thurium, “shield,” (or thura, “door”), from the shape of the sori
Speciesniponicum“Of or from Japan”
var.pictum
Cultivar‘Red Beauty’

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Japanese painted ferns are cultivars popular for their delicate appearance and interesting coloration.

Identification: These ferns have red stems and silver, red, or bluish-green variegated leaves. The red coloration becomes more pronounced with age. They are 12-18" (30-45 cm) around.

Online References:

Athyrium niponicum var. pictum ‘Red Beauty’ on www.penlanperennials.co.uk

Athyrium niponicum var. pictum on Cal Lamke's Cal's Plant of the Week, at the University of Oklahoma's Department of Botany and Microbiology

Athyrium niponicum var. pictum ‘Red Beauty’ on www.botanical-journeys-plant-guides.com

Athyrium niponicum var. pictum ‘Red Beauty’ description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.

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Athyrium niponicum (Japanese Painted Fern)

4/7/2012 · Ladew Topiary Gardens, Monkton, MD
≈ 7 × 4½" (17 × 11 cm) ID is uncertain

Athyrium niponicum (Japanese Painted Fern)

4/7/2012 · Ladew Topiary Gardens, Monkton, MD
≈ 17 × 12" (44 × 29 cm) ID is uncertain

Athyrium niponicum (Japanese Painted Fern)

8/1/2009 · Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay, ME
≈ 7 × 4½" (17 × 11 cm)

Range: Zones 3-9:

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