Japanese Painted Fern Characteristics
Japanese Painted Fern are easy to grow perennials that are best in shady, damp areas. While the soils should be well drained, they should never be allowed to dry out. Light shade is preferable for the best foliage color. Some shelter from heavy winds or snow is also appreciated. Japanese Painted Fern spreads by runners, or arms that reach from the base of the plant and occasionally root as they touch the ground. They can naturalize to create dense colonies or groundcovers if uninterrupted. If propagation is not desired, divide the plants in early spring.
There are few serious disease or insect issues that threaten Japanese Painted Fern. Rabbits are rarely attracted to the foliage.