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Athyrium filix-femina

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Plant types and subtypes: Ferns

Light Requirements: part-shade, shade

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: moist

Soil Description: acid, rich

Height: 2'-3'

Leaf Color: green, lime-green

Hardiness Zone: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Additional Tags: deer resistant, ornamental foliage, rock garden plant, shade garden plant, woodland plant

athyrium filix-femina (common ladyfern)
  • athyrium filix-femina (common ladyfern)
  • athyrium filix-femina (common ladyfern)
  • Athyrium filix-femina (common ladyfern)
  • Athyrium filix-femina (common ladyfern)

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Description

Athyrium filix-femina

Also known as:

common ladyfern

,

ladyfern

,

lady fern

,

asplenium lady fern

,

red stem fern

,

southern lady fern

,

subarctic lady fern

Scientific Synonyms:

Description

Athyrium filix-femina is a finely-textured deciduous fern. The fronds may grow to 3 feet in length and retain their tender green color throughout the growing season.

Cultivation

Common ladyfern enjoys a huge native range. It prefers filtered light, and moist, well-drained, rich, slightly acidic soil. It is easy to grow, carefree, and adaptable. It is quite tolerant of dry conditions when grown in the shade, and will tolerate a fair amount of direct sunlight if the soil is kept consistently moist. It should be grown in a location sheltered against strong wind, to protect the delicate fronds from possible damage. The root system is fibrous and rhizomatous. This species can spread vegetatively to form small colonies, but it is not aggressive and is slow to naturalize. Zones 2-8

Propagation

Propagate by division in spring.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MO, MS, NC, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Exploitably Vulnerable: NY
  • Threatened: FL

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision
Division Pteridophyta Ferns
Class Filicopsida
Subclass
Order Polypodiales
Family Dryopteridaceae Wood Fern family
Genus Athyrium ladyfern
Species Athyrium filix-femina common ladyfern