We first saw this amazing selection of the deer-resistant Japanese painted fern on a West Coast trip in 1999 and then spent years patiently waiting for stock to offer. Actually, "patiently" might not be a good choice of words. Regardless, the new leaves of Athyrium 'Burgundy Lace' are a stunning purple with silver stripes along the vein lines and tips. As the older leaves mature, they transform into a contrasting silvery green with purple midribs. Athyrium 'Burgundy Lace' forms a truly dazzling clump in the woodland garden.