This shade-loving perennial is grown for its larger, upright, deeply cut leaves. The fronds emerge silver in the spring and turn an attractive greenish gray in the summer and fall. It has dark maroon veins in the middle of each leaf. It works well in shade gardens and mixed perennial gardens.
This plant does best in sheltered locations. It grows well in part shade to full shade, although it will have better color in part shade. It prefers evenly moist soils and should not be allowed to dry out. It does not have any serious pest or disease problems.