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Re: Japanese Painted Ferns

The Japanese Painted from spore are extremely variable, ranging from pure green, to maroon and silver. Size is also very variable. While I don't know which variation is being called 'metallicum', it is probably tissue cultured (to cut down on variability), and could well turn out to be significatly different to be worth the money. By the way, don't expect adult colors in juveniles. Most Japanese Painted ferns take some time to reach their adult corlors so the fern you are buying, if it is in a 2-4" pot, may show little color, and appear green. Wait a while for that color.
Jolanda wrote:

Hi Fernatics all over the world,

The only book I could find, mentioning Athyrium 'metallicum', states it
as a synonym for Athyrium niponicum 'Pictum'. Is it really the same
thing, or is it one of the other cultivars in the group of Japanese
Painted Ferns?

Frondly regards

Jolanda Nel
(In an icy and white South Africa)

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