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Athyrium niponicum - (Mett.)Hance.
                 
Common Name Painted Fern, Japanese Silver Painted Fern
Family Dryopteridaceae
USDA hardiness 3-8
Known Hazards Although we have found no reports of toxicity for this species, a number of ferns contain carcinogens so some caution is advisable[200]. Many ferns also contain thiaminase, an enzyme that robs the body of its vitamin B complex. In small quantities this enzyme will do no harm to people eating an adequate diet that is rich in vitamin B, though large quantities can cause severe health problems. The enzyme is destroyed by heat or thorough drying, so cooking the plant will remove the thiaminase[172].
Habitats Shaded places in lowland all over Japan[58].
Range E. Asia - China, Japan, Korea.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Wet Soil Full shade Semi-shade

Summary
Form: Irregular or sprawling, Spreading or horizontal.

Athyrium niponicum Painted Fern, Japanese Silver Painted  Fern


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Physical Characteristics
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Athyrium niponicum is a FERN growing to 0.3 m (1ft) by 0.3 m (1ft in) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 4. Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in heavy clay soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in very acid soils.
It can grow in full shade (deep woodland) or semi-shade (light woodland). It prefers moist or wet soil.

Synonyms

Habitats
Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; not Deep Shade; Bog Garden;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Leaves.
Edible Uses:

Very young fronds (croziers) - boiled[177]. Some caution is advised. See the notes above on toxicity.
Medicinal Uses
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None known
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details
Landscape Uses:Alpine garden, Border, Container, Massing, Rock garden, Woodland garden. An easily grown plant, it is calcifuge and prefers an acid soil with a pH from 4.5 to 6.5, but it tolerates alkaline soils if plenty of leaf mould is added[200]. Grows well in heavy clay soils. Prefers a moist sheltered site with moderately high atmospheric humidity[200]. Succeeds in a semi-shaded bog-garden or in damp woodland, also in garden borders in full or part shade[200]. Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[233]. Special Features: Attractive foliage.
Propagation
Spores - surface sow in a pot of sterile compost in a shady part of the greenhouse and keep moist, this is most easily done by putting the pot in a plastic bag. Pot up small clumps of the plants when they are large enough to handle and keep them moist until they are established. Plant out in late spring of the following year. Division in spring as plants come into growth. Larger divisions can be planted straight into their permanent positions whilst smaller clumps are best potted up and kept in a cold frame until they are growing away well.
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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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Athyrium filix-feminaLady Fern, Common ladyfern, Subarctic ladyfern, Asplenium ladyfern, Southern Lady Fern, Tatting Fer12
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Athyrium rubripes 10
Athyrium squamigerum 10
Athyrium yokoscense 10
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