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Name: Gabriel
Minneapolis, Minnesota (Zone 5a)
Freezing winters, warm summers
Native Plants and Wildflowers Vegetable Grower Region: United States of America Region: Minnesota Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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Cyclaminist
May 22, 2016 5:52 PM CST
Are you sure these are lady ferns? The way the leaflets get shorter as they go down the leaf stalk makes them look like ostrich ferns. Also, looks like this is a patch, and lady ferns stay in clumps, while ostrich ferns spread by underground runners.
Name: Rick Moses
Derwood, MD (Zone 7b)
Region: Mid-Atlantic Region: Maryland Hostas Ferns
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RickM
May 22, 2016 6:22 PM CST
Yep. Put them in about 18 years ago. They spread very slowly. I have tried ostrich fern, but with no success. They just wouldn't take hold. We have had to replace some over the past couple of years because of the winters. This past winter, we had about 1/4 of the bed die off, either from winter kill or more likely the critters. Aside from these, we also have Autumn 'Brilliance', Dixie Wood, Cinnamon, Christmas, Japanese Painted and a couple of others.
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Name: Gabriel
Minneapolis, Minnesota (Zone 5a)
Freezing winters, warm summers
Native Plants and Wildflowers Vegetable Grower Region: United States of America Region: Minnesota Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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Cyclaminist
May 28, 2016 8:29 PM CST
Would you mind taking a closeup of a frond? My brain needs readjustment, since I still don't see how they look like lady ferns.
Name: Rick Moses
Derwood, MD (Zone 7b)
Region: Mid-Atlantic Region: Maryland Hostas Ferns
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RickM
May 29, 2016 11:32 AM CST
I'm basing my 'Lady Fern' on the package labelling. I usually buy a couple every year from Lowes. Now, I will add that I purchased what was supposed to be Lady Fern last month through mail-order. So far, they are all looking like Lady in Red. So, based on that, the picture may well be ostrich, even though ostrich tend to not survive a year, let alone 10+ for me. I'll see what I can do about a better picture.

Rick
What a man needs in gardening is a cast-iron back, with a hinge in it. Charles Dudley Warner
Name: Gabriel
Minneapolis, Minnesota (Zone 5a)
Freezing winters, warm summers
Native Plants and Wildflowers Vegetable Grower Region: United States of America Region: Minnesota Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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Cyclaminist
May 29, 2016 1:18 PM CST
Thanks. I'm surprised ostrich fern didn't do well, since it's usually really tough and almost unkillable. Perhaps you could pluck off a frond and lay it on a flat surface so you can get it in focus?
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