Common Name: Giant Japanese Painted Fern Fern Athyrium N. Godzilla

Height:3.0 Feet

Spread:4.0-6.0 Feet

Hardiness Zones:3,4,5,6,7,8


Foliage Color:Green shadesSilver/grey shades

Sunlight:Part Shade (4-6 hrs. Direct Sun)Full Shade (< 4 hrs. Direct Sun)

Water Requirements:Average Water NeedsConsistent Water Needs


Soil Quality:Poor Soil QualityAverage Soil QualityFertile Soil Quality

Soil Chemistry:Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)

Critter Resistant:Rabbit Resistant


Growth Rate:Medium

GardenStyle:AsianEclecticFormalModernWoodland Shade

Other Features:Border PlantContainerCut FlowerCut FoliageAttractive Foliage

Origin:Not Native to North America


Like Athyrium n. ‘Pictum’ on steroids, this giant painted fern was discovered at Plant Delights Nursery in the mid-90s and is thought to be a sporeling of ‘Pictum’ and the Lady Fern.

It forms a massive, arching clump of silvery fronds with green highlights and dark purple stems. Like the Lady Fern, ‘Godzilla’ spreads slowly where it is happiest in moist, loamy soils.

Grow this fern as a low maintenance filler in shady borders combined with large hostas and Aralia ‘Sun King’.