Athyrium 'Ghost' (20)ct Flat
Common Name: Ghost Fern
A strong tall growing, light silvery gray-green almost glows, creating a ghostly appearance. Upright, arching, triangular delicate, lacey fronds have bluish to maroon midribs. Sterile hybrid sporeling cross between Japanese Painted (A. niponicum 'Pictum') and Lady (A. filix-femina).
This hardy deciduous is easy to grow in organically rich, medium to wet, well-drained soils, with a neutral to moderately acidic pH. If the frond edges start to flop, or become scorched or crispy, the soil may be too dry. Add 2 to 3 inches of compost or peat moss to the beds each spring or fall. Best frond color occurs in light shade. Use in containers, as a ground cover or for borders in woodland, shady locations.
Stunning frosted apple green fronds that seem to emit a ghostly white light in the shade. Dark purple stems hold the broad fronds rigidly upright. This selection is taller than many other Athyriums and is more tolerant of dry soil.
Athyrium grows best in moist soil with a neutral to moderately acidic pH. However, this variety can withstand drier soil than many other athyriums. Partial to full shade is best; some sunlight is necessary to draw out the coloring. To protect the crowns and tender shoots in the spring, it is best to leave the old fronds on the plant over the winter. They can be removed in the spring when the new fronds reach 6 inches tall. If division is necessary, do so in the spring.
Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit -- 2012
Missouri Botanical Garden Plants of Merit
Chicago Botanic Garden Plant Evaluation Top Performer -- 2015
Height: 24.0-36.0 Inches
Spread: 18.0-24.0 Inches
Hardiness Zones: 3,4,5,6,7,8
Foliage Color: Green shades, Deciduous
Part Shade (4-6 hrs. Direct Sun) - Full Shade (< 4 hrs. Direct Sun)
Average to Consistent Water Needs
Poor to Fertile Soil Quality
Growth Rate: Medium
Border Plant, Container, Cut Foliage, Ground Cover, Attractive Foliage