Lady fern

Athyrium filix-femina

Lady fern - Athyrium filix-femina

Common Name: Lady fern
Genus: Athyrium
Species: filix-femina

Category: Ferns
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has interesting foliage

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.20 m (120 cm)
Sun/Shade: Partial shade or Deep shadeSpread: 0.90 m (90 cm)

Foliage Type: Deciduous
Foliage Colour: Green

Soil Type: Acidic
Ericaceous: Requires a neutral or acid soil (or ericaceous compost), with a pH of 7 or below
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

This is the lady fern with graceful, bright green filigree-like leaves. It looks great planted in bold swathes with other shade-loving plants in a sheltered shady woodland edge, shrub or mixed border. It is deciduous and begins to look tatty in the autumn so try it among evergreen ferns or late-flowering perennials.

  • Garden care: Incorporate lots of well-rotted leaf mould, composted pine needles or garden compost into the planting hole. In cold areas in late autumn protect the crown of the plant with a dry mulch of straw or bracken.


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