Lady fern

Athyrium felix femina

  • Athyrium filix-femina is a deciduous clumping perennial fern.
  • Each spring, fronds emerge from sturdy green fiddleheads.
  • The fiddleheads and the petioles that unfurl from them have brownish chaffy scales.
  • Plants are upright or vase shaped.
  • Slowly expand from rhizomes to form small colonies.

Height: 1-3 ft
Spread: 1-3 ft
Spacing: 1-2 ft
Zone: 4-8
Color: Non-Flowering

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Characteristics & Attributes

Critter Resistance:

» Deer Resistant

Foliage Color:

» Green


» Full Shade
» Shade/ Part Shade

Soil Moisture:

» Moist, Well Drained
» Wet Soil/Wetlands

Season of Interest (Foliage):

» Fall
» Spring
» Summer