Very hardy and grows up to 50cm (1.5 feet). Good as a groundcover. This fern has a low and mounding habit, slowly spreading by rhizomes to form dense colonies. The fronds are positioned in a way that creates a horizontal layering effect.
The foliage colours of this fern are more intense in the spring or in cooler temperatures or in cooler climates such as the Northwest. Its colourful foliage should be vibrant from early spring until frost, when it will go dormant and reemerge with its excellent foliage the next spring. Mature fronds retain colour and contrast with emerging fronds to form a compact clump.