Native Plant Database

Callicarpa americana. Photo: Mervin Wallace

Lady Fern

Athyrium filix-femina
Plant Type: Ferns
Native Environment:
Season of Interest:
Main Color: Green
Fall Color:
Hardy From Zone: 4
Hardy To Zone: 8
Sun Exposure 
Shade
Soil
Moisture
Moderate, High
Nature Attracting
Wildlife Benefit
Animal
Resistance
Size

Height:

12 to
24
inches

Spread:

24 to
inches
Size
Height: 12 to
24
inches
Spread: 24 to
inches
Size
Height: 12 to
24
inches
Spread: 24 to
inches
Typical Landscape Use
Use in the shade garden or naturalize in a woodland. Can be used as a ground cover.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Grow in partial to full shade in rich, moist soil.
Special Features
Special Usage
Fresh Cut Flower
Basic Description

Bright green, lacy fronds arise gracefully from creeping rhizomes. The newly emerging fronds are beautiful in the spring. Clumps are dense and upright. Vigorous and easy to grow.

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