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Ghost Fern

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  • USDA Hardiness Zones 3-8
  • Height 2-3 Feet Tall
  • Spread 1.5-2 Feet Wide
  • Light Requirement is Full Shade to Partial Shade

This isn’t a Halloween plant. Ghost Fern gets its name from the silvery tips of the foliage. Ghost fern is one of the most beautiful and well-mannered ferns in the garden. It is a hybrid of Japanese painted and lady ferns. ‘Ghost’ fern is the best of both parents. Ghost fern is a slowly spreading plant that develops beautiful upright fronds highlighted with silver. The stems are dark accenting the fronds.

Like most ferns it does best in evenly moist shady soil. It is deer and rabbit resistant as well as disease and insect resistant. Since this is an upright fern it is great as a background to other shade lovers in the garden. Unlike other ferns this one won’t run rampant in your landscape.

Ghost Fern Care

Ferns are a little bit later to come up in the garden until the soil temps stay even. But once they come up, the unfurling of the fronds is a beauty to behold, much like a ballet dancer. ‘Ghost’ fern is hardy from Zone 3a-8b. Just make sure it is watered during times of drought.

Ghost Fern Spacing

Ghost fern is 2-3 ft. tall and 1 ½ ft. wide at maturity so when planting several make sure to plant them 1 ½ ft. apart. An added bonus is you can cut the fronds and use them in bouquets as well. Since ferns aren’t heavy feeders, a slow release fertilizer such as Espoma Plant Tone is ideal for keeping it happy and healthy.

Ghost Fern Plant Facts

USDA Hardiness Zones: 3-8
Flower Color(s): n/a
Bloom Period: Grown for Foliage
Foliage Color(s): Green
Light Exposure: Full Shade to Partial Shade
Height Class: Medium
Height: 2-3 Feet
Spread: 1.5-2 Feet
Spacing: 1.5-2 Feet
Habit: Upright
Watering: Average
Drought Tolerant: Yes
Resists: Rabbits
Features: Drought; Foliage Interest
Scientific Name: Ghost' Athyrium hybrid
Common Name: Ghost Fern
Other Name(s): Lady Fern
Brand: Proven Selections

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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)

Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)

We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

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Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

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Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations

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Summer Shipping

  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
    • We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location

Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.

2 Reviews - Ghost Fern Show Reviews

  • 5

    Posted by Ashley W. on Apr 21st 2020

    cool plant!

  • 5
    pictures don't do this justice

    Posted by Emma Janke on Jan 26th 2020

    This fern is just beautiful and unlike anything else I've seen. The plant came in great condition in the mail from fedex. I had to email customer service to see what was taking so long, and they explained that they do not ship out over the weekends to ensure the plant doesn't die in the back of the truck. I really appreciate that, and I'm definitely willing to wait an extra day or two if it means the plant is in good shape when it arrives. really great customer service and I've already ordered again for more plants to arrive this spring when it gets warmer!