Athyrium x ‘Silver Slippers’ PPAF

A dwarf, silvery green form of Japanese painted fern.

Common Name Silver Slippers fern
Size 6-8" tall by 12-15" wide
USDA hardiness Zones 4-8
Sun / Shade Shade, morning sun
Soil Average garden soil
Moisture Moist, but well-drained
Disease and Pests None known
Landscape use Borders, foundations, containers, small urban gardens
Market appeal / Uniqueness A dwarf form of Japanese painted fern, Silver Slippers will tuck into the tightest of niches to soften the garden's edges. Reaching only 6-8” at maturity, this lovely fern leaves a tiny footprint in the shade garden.
Propagation Methods tissue culture

Angela and Linda’s Garden Notes:

The highly regarded plantsman and our good friend, John Elsley discovered this lovely fern in his garden several years ago. As all good botanists do, he moved it from one corner to another to make sure it had been trialed adequately before asking us to make the introduction. After seeing his plantings in garden troughs, tucked under rocks, etc, we are convinced that this little darling is something very special! Short and compact, with all of the great attributes of a Japanese painted fern.

With a striking blend of gray, green and wine colored mid-veins Silver Slippers makes an excellent companion plant for mixed containers as well. Try combining dark leaved Heucheras such as ‘Dark Chocolate’, early blooming Hellebores like ‘Candy Love’ and ‘Snow Love’ or even a thick textured perennial like Brunnera ‘Sea Heart’ for the perfect spring planting.