Branford Beauty Fern

Athyrium x 'Branford Beauty'

A unique hybrid that forms a dense mat of delicate, finely divided fronds with lovely burgundy-tinged, silver foliage on upright, rosy-colored stems. Low growth and spreading form fills gaps between shrubs and under trees. Adds color and texture to the foreground of shady beds, along woodland pathways, or in containers. Deciduous.
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Filtered sun, Full shade, Partial shade

Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.


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Botanical Pronunciationa-THEE-ree-um
Average Size at MaturityForms an upright clump 24 in. tall, slowly spreading to 18 in. wide.
Bloom TimePrized for foliage.
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Foliage ColorSilver-green
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Cottage, Rustic
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Erosion Control, Firescaping/Fire Wise, Mass Planting, Very Wet Areas, Woodland Garden, Urban Garden
Light NeedsFiltered sun, Full shade, Partial shade
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureClump Forming, Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Gift Plant, Naturalizes Well, Shade Loving, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Tolerates Wet Soils, Waterwise
Water NeedsHigh
Watering NeedsWater regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
Companion PlantsCoral Bells (Heuchera); Black Mondo Grass (Ophiopogon); Astilbe (Astilbe); Lenten Rose (Helleborus); Lungwort (Pulmonaria); Hosta (Hosta)

Easily grown in humus-rich, well-drained soil. Best in a sheltered location; sun tolerant in cool sites, if soil is kept evenly moist. Adapts to semi-dry conditions better than many ferns, if grown in full shade. Feed regularly during growing season with a general purpose fertilizer. Cut back old fronds after new growth begins in spring.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-8

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