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Lady Fern (Athyrium filix-femina)

Lady Fern (Athyrium filix-femina)

Image: North Creek Nurseries



Athyrium filix-femina, commonly called Lady Fern, is a 2-4' tall deciduous fern featuring feathery fronds or leaves that can grow up to 2-3'. Mature stems are dark red and can spread to 2 1/2' wide. New fronds emerge every spring. Lady Ferns tolerates the sun, shade, moist and dry soils, but does not tolerate clay. Like many other ferns, the Lady Fern is rabbit and deer resistant.



Plant in organic-rich, medium moisture, well-drained soil in partial shade to full shade. The Lady Fern can tolerate drier soils. It can also tolerate full sun, but soil must be consistently moist. Shelter the fern from wind. Every few years during the spring, divide clumps and reposition the fern's crown at soil level. Lady Ferns can tolerate full sun if it is kept cool and consistently moist. Avoid clay soils. Protect fern from harsh winds but provide air circulation.


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