• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full to partial shade
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Reaches 3 ft. tall, slowly spreading to 3 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Shade Loving Foliage
    Blooms:
    Prized for foliage.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:a-THI-ree-um FI-liks FAY-mi-na
    Plant type:Fern
    Deciduous/evergreen:Herbaceous
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Reaches 3 ft. tall, slowly spreading to 3 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Light Green
    Blooms:Prized for foliage.
    Garden styleAsian/Zen, Cottage, Rustic
    Companion PlantsCoral Bells (Heuchera); Astilbe (Astilbe); Hosta (Hosta); Lungwort (Pulmonaria); Bleeding Heart (Dicentra)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide organically rich, well-drained soil. Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil; tolerates drier soils once established, but best with consistent moisture. Feed frequently during growing season with a general purpose fertilizer. Cut back old fronds after new growth begins in spring. Divide clumps every 2 to 3 years.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Shade
    Full to partial shade
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: High
    Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    Common Lady Fern (Athyrium filix-femina) is a widely found species found in rich moist woodlands, thickets, ravines and meadows throughout Europe, Asia and North America. This selection of North American native lady fern (Athyrium filix-femina var. angustum) was discovered by New England Wildflower Society member John Lynch.

Stories

Small Space, Big Solutions: Levels Heighten Interest
What a difference a few feet can make! By adding levels that descend gradually from the back door down into the welcoming sunken garden, this cleverly-designed landscape by Minneapolis, MN-based...
More Blog Posts >