Lady Fern (Athyrium filix-femina)

Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Fern
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Wet Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8a
Plant Height: 1 to 3 feet
Plant Spread: 12 to 30 inches
Leaves: Deciduous
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Groundcover
Resistances: Rabbit Resistant
Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Division

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Date: 2014-06-11Night Landscape Illumination
By Fleur569
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2012-06-01my little mass of ferns at house
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Location: Tennesseephoto courtesy of Sunlight Gardens,
By SongofJoy
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2015-10-25my little fern mass in fall
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Location: Derwood, MDOur Lady Fern fern bed is about 15 years old.  Once they break th
By RickM
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Photo Courtesy of Homestead Farms Nursery. Used with Permission.
By Joy
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Location: Manitoba, CanadaDate: 2015-07-20
By DebbieC
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2014-05-10my ferns emerging in spring
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Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.Date: 2009-08-25
By Joy
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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Jan 14, 2012 11:29 AM

Lady Fern is a common fern in moist woods in North America, Europe, and Asia. Plus there are more than 300 named British forms. The wild type grows 2 to 3 feet tall from erect rhizomes. Its twice cut fronds are a soft green and are very fragile. Lady Fern is easy to grow in good moisture retentive soil in light shade.

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Sep 23, 2018 3:09 PM

Lady Fern is commonly sold at many conventional and native plant nurseries and is one of the most commonly planted ferns in landscapes and gardens in the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, and Northeast US. The twice pinnate fronds are very soft and thin in texture. The sori (spore producing spot-like structures) are under the leaves and are curved to horseshoe-shaped. This species slowly spreads to become a colony. It is a very easy perennial to grow in most any garden as long as it receives shade during the middle of the day. It does get tattered in late summer, and it develops a yellow-brown fall color in October that is nice, so it is very deciduous.

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