Athyrium Ghost

Athyrium 'Ghost'

Distinctive Color and Texture!

'Ghost' is a terrifically versatile fern, spectacular in its own right as well as a fantastic foil for surrounding plants. One of the most distinctive new cultivars in recent years, it provides a highlight in any shade garden.

A cross between Lady Fern and Japanese Silver-Painted Fern, 'Ghost' takes the best of both, combining finely divided foliage, excellent upright habit, and silvery-gray fronds with a luminous glow. If the lack of interesting color has detered you from cultivating a fern garden in the past, 'Ghost' is the accent you need to highlight the more subtle changes in color and texture among other ferns. Also dramatic among blue-leaved Hostas and Epidemiums, 'Ghost' can stand on its own as a specimen planting or as a luminous ribbon of "light" in the shade.

Developed by Nancy Swell of Virginia, 'Ghost' thrives in any soil type, and tolerates more dryness than most of its family. It grows at a moderate rate, forming an attractive clump 2 to 3 feet tall and 1 1/2 to 2 feet wide after several years. When planting 'Ghosts', space them about a foot apart in partial to full shade. It makes a wonderful groundcover or container choice, too! Zones 4-8.