Athyrium asplenioides, Lady Fern

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

Lady Fern (formerly A. filix-femina) typically grows in wooded ravines, moist woods, and floodplains from southern New England to the southern United Sates. This native is common throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region, except for northern/northeastern Pennsylvania where it is mostly absent. The delicate and graceful appearance of feathery fronds gives rise to its name.

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Tags: Vinca minor – Periwinkle, Liriope spicata – Creeping Lily-Turf, Hedera helix – English Ivy, Shelter from wind so that fronds do not break, Use in large-scale rain or woodland gardens, Hardiness: USDA Zones 4-8, Partial Shade, Shade, Rich, well-drained, Large colonies provide cover for wildlife, Tolerates drier soil than some other ferns, dense shade, and rabbits; no serious pests or diseases; deer rarely damage; low maintenance, Spreads by rhizome, sometimes aggressively, Stalks are dark red at maturity, Continues to send up fiddleheads until frost, Light green, finely divided, arching fronds with reddish-green growth in spring, Sori containing spores form on undersides of pinnae (leaflets), Non-flowering, Pinnae, Height: 1-3 feet