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Athyrium niponicum x Athyrium filix-fimina – Ghost Fern

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Athyrium niponicum x Athyrium filix-fimina – Ghost Fern

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Ghost Fern, a hybrid between Athyrium niponicum and Athyrium filix-femina, showcases stunning silver foliage that seems to glow in shady garden spots. This elegant perennial fern adds a touch of refinement to any woodland or shade garden with its graceful arching fronds and delicate texture. Easy to grow and maintain, Ghost Fern thrives in moist, well-drained soil, making it a fantastic choice for gardeners looking to add interest and beauty to their shaded areas. With its unique color and robust growth, it pairs beautifully with other shade-loving plants, creating a serene and inviting garden oasis.


Please note: Most pictures represent mature plants. Unless otherwise specified, all of our plants are sold in 4″ pots to make shipping possible and will mature in time.

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Additional information


6-Pack, 9-Pack, Single

Common Name






4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Height Range (ft.)

2.00 to 2.50

Spread (ft.)

1.50 to 2.00

Bloom Time


Bloom Description



Full Shade, Part Shade





Suggested Use


Heavy Shade, Rabbits



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Product Description

Introducing the Ghost Fern, a remarkable hybrid that combines the best traits of Athyrium niponicum (Japanese Painted Fern) and Athyrium filix-femina (Lady Fern), resulting in a fern with captivating silver foliage. The Ghost Fern offers an almost ethereal presence in the garden, with fronds that shimmer with a ghostly silver sheen, accented by hints of green and burgundy.

Key Features of Ghost Fern

  • Stunning Silver Foliage: Its unique coloration provides a striking contrast in shady garden areas, brightening up the landscape.
  • Elegant Growth Habit: With its arching fronds and fine texture, Ghost Fern adds a layer of sophistication and depth to garden compositions.
  • Shade Tolerance: Perfectly suited for shaded to partially shaded locations, it excels under tree canopies, alongside buildings, or in woodland settings.
  • Moisture Loving: Prefers consistently moist, well-drained soil, making it an excellent choice for adding lushness to damp, shady areas.

Cultivation Tips

  • Light Requirements: Thrives in partial to full shade, avoiding direct afternoon sun to protect its delicate fronds.
  • Soil Preferences: Best in humus-rich, acidic to neutral soil that retains moisture without becoming waterlogged.
  • Watering Needs: Regular watering is essential to keep the soil evenly moist, especially in dry spells.
  • Companion Planting: Pairs beautifully with other shade lovers like Hostas, Heucheras, and Astilbes, creating a varied and textured shade garden.

Landscape Uses

Ghost Fern is a versatile plant that can serve multiple roles in the garden. Use it as a focal point in shady nooks, as part of a mixed fern border, or underplanting for shade-tolerant shrubs and trees. Its serene and subtle beauty also makes it an ideal candidate for serene woodland gardens, adding a layer of visual interest and tranquility.

Environmental Benefits

Beyond its aesthetic appeal, the Ghost Fern contributes to a healthy garden ecosystem by providing habitat for beneficial insects and supporting soil health with its dense root system.

Embrace the subtle elegance and otherworldly beauty of the Ghost Fern in your garden. Its ability to light up shady areas with its silver foliage, combined with its easy care and environmental benefits, makes it a must-have for any gardener looking to enhance their shaded outdoor spaces.


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