Athyrium niponicum ‘Red Beauty’

Japanese Painted Fern

(7 customer reviews)

Known commonly as the Japanese Painted Fern, the enchanting fronds of this deciduous fern appear almost painted – in fact its amongst the most distinctly colourful of all cultivated ferns.

The ‘Red Beauty’ cultivar is distinguished by its burgundy red stems, with colour that appears to seep into the base of the leaves as it develops.

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Origin: E. Himalaya to temperate E. Asia
Genus: Athyrium
Species / Cultivar: niponicum 'Red Beauty'
Common Name: Japanese Painted Fern
Synonym: Athyrium pictum

Plant Biography

Native to Eastern Asia, hence the name ‘niponicum’ which refers to the Japanese name for Japan ‘Nippon’. Athyrium niponicum ‘Red Beauty’s distinct metallic silver-grey and green fronds, with deep burgundy veins, make it one of the most popular ferns grown today.

The unique tones this fern’s foliage exhibits gives it enormous potential in garden design to create colour contrast and provide an ethereal presence amongst the other plants in the shady border of your garden.

Athyrium niponicum ‘Red Beauty’
Soil: Moisture Retaining
Soil that drains at a slower rate due to higher organic matter content.
Growth Rate: Medium
Expect to see moderate growth during growing season.
Water Requirement: High
Likely to require supplementary watering in warmer months, even once established.
Maintenance: Low
Minimal skill or input needed beyond the basics, a very independent plant.
Situation: Part Shade
Enjoys several hours of direct sunlight but may enjoy dappling or shade at midday.
Eventual Height: 0.45m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 0.3m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Fully Hardy
Will survive unprotected outdoors in most areas of the UK, even in the harshest winters.
Habit: Deciduous
Sheds all its foliage annually, so for a period of the year it will be without foliage.

Expert Tip

The colour of Athyrium niponicum 'Red Beauty' appears best in spring, especially if it's planted in partial shade.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

To achieve the potential of its ‘painted’ appearance, this fern must be given sufficient moisture, especially during the hotter drier months. The colour of Athyrium niponicum ‘Red Beauty’ appears best in spring, especially if it’s planted in partial shade.

The Japanese Painted Fern is easy to grow so long as you ensure it receives enough moisture.

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7 customer reviews for Athyrium niponicum ‘Red Beauty’

First time buyer. Beautiful plants, well protected and not a brown speck to be seen. First class!


Ordered 2, one as a pressie .so glad I did . The plants were far better and bigger than I expected ,and so healthy ! So pleased .thankyou so much .


Loverly plant fast delivery .certainly get value for your money at the palm centre ….i have two of these plants .i love them …

patricia cash

Exceptional service, clear product description (with sizing reference), well packaged & finally, excellent quality plants. 10 on 10!