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Athyrium filix-femina

Fern, Lady Fern

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Crowns of feathery fronds are typical of this genus. Delicate and lacy with arching fronds and dark red stems at maturity. Strong-growing and dependable, the Lady Ferns are great garden plants. Tough and easy to grow, this beauty is the right choice for perennial borders and woodlands alike. A breathtaking flush of new fronds appears in the spring, with new leaves appearing throughout the season for a continuously fresh look.


24-36 In

Hardiness Zone:

3 - 9

Fern, Lady Fern Growing and Maintenance Tips

The Athyrium ferns add delightful lacy foliage to the shadows in the garden.Their foliage adds movement to the garden, swaying in the breezes. The finely divided fronds of ferns look especially nice next to large, solid leaves. They are all hardy, and thrive in the shade.

Athyrium filix-femina Characteristics


  • Cut Flower / or Foliage
  • Edging
  • Border

Critter Resistance

  • Deer Resistant


  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Shade Tolerant

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium

Soil Moisture Needs

  • Average
  • Moist