Burgundy Lace Japanese Painted Fern Japanese painted fern has become a very popular fern in the last decade. It's wide range of colors from silvery-gray to purple, red to burgandy, and shades of green, account for its popularity with container gardeners. Colors become more vibrant each year as it matures. Check the label to be sure of the color if you are looking for a specific color choice. Tolerent of heat and humidity.