Athyrium Godzilla - Fern

Athyrium 'Godzilla'
Mature Height: 36 inches
Mature Spread: 4 to 6 feet

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Almost incorporeal lace-like leafs unwind from the earth each spring to give birth to this shade loving perennial. Larger than the traditional Athyrium n. ‘Pictum’ variety, this fern starts small, but unfurls into a shade loving monster. The spiked lace-like leaves and just off-white green coloration along with its nonstandard size evoke images of the famous Kaiju that gives this fern it's name.

For those inspired by cryptozoology, or gardeners looking to add textured color to brighten a shady garden space, ghost makes an excellent choice. Godzilla was discovered by Plant Delights Nursery in the mid-90s and is thought to be a sporeling of Pictum and Lady fernmaking it taller and more tolerant of dry conditions that most athryrium ferns. 

Why we like Athyrium 'Godzilla'?

Athyrium Godzilla is fairly easy to maintain in deep shade. Watching the large leaves consistently return and unfurl each spring is a magical process. We like this plant because it is easy to maintain, so long as the young leaves are protected from frost and plants are kept in soil that is consistently moist. It pairs well adding texture to plants like hosta and Sun King Aralia

Photo Credit: Walters Gardens

Bloom Color:Green and white foliage
Bloom Period:None
Genus & Species:Athyrium 'Godzilla'
Mature Height:36 inches
Mature Spread:4 to 6 feet
Plant Spacing:24 inches or more
Planting Depth:Even with the soil level of the plant.
Planting Time:Spring or summer
Soil Type:Well-drained soil rich in organic matter
Sun Exposure:Part to full shade
Zone:3 to 8

General care for any tree or shrub is easy, but like any living thing will require your attention. Please educate yourself and follow these simple rules.

Athyrium Godzilla - Fern

Ferns prefer soil that is well-drained and rich in organic matter. Just think about woodland conditions, lots of mulch, humus rich dirt, shade, and moist conditions are what ferns like best. Mulch will help them thrive. Plant in spring or early summer and like all new plantings water immediately and deeply. Plants growing during a period of drought will require supplemental moisture so ensure that you water them frequently slowly and deeply when required. Divide plants as needed every three or four years in spring. Plants will do best in soil that has a slight acidic to neutral PH. Avoid compaction from foot traffic and mowing by planting in garden beds, among companion plants and providing rock or paths for foot traffic.

Customer Reviews

Based on 1 review
M. Mitchell
Very happy with the Godzilla fern

Arrived in great shape and transplanted beautifully, sending out new growth almost immediately.