Crested Lady Fern
Crested Lady Fern
Athyrium filix femina 'Cristatum'Item #3610 USDA Hardiness Zone: 4 - 9
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Delicate, finely divided fronds create a woodland effect under the canopy of tall trees. Leaflets have an ornamental crested growth at the tips. Develops a lovely crown of lacy fronds atop a short trunk. Evergreen in mild climates.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full shadeWatering Needs:Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.Average Landscape Size:Fast growing; reaches 3 to 4 ft. tall and wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:a-THI-ree-um FI-liks FAY-mi-naPlant type:FernDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenSunset climate zones:1 - 9, 14 - 24, 31 - 43Growth rate:FastAverage landscape size:Fast growing; reaches 3 to 4 ft. tall and wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:Prized for foliage.Design IdeasA magnificent fern that fills out a shade garden far better than smaller types. Mass Lady Fern under trees where it's too dark for other plants. Use in pots or in atriums where their primitive, lacy character softens other more sculptural specimens. Also ideal for disguising mechanical parts of fountains or where over spray keeps planting areas too wet. A natural in banks and slopes with seeps or springs and rocky outcroppings shaded by forest.Companion PlantsA sizable ground fern in scale with larger shade loving plants. Group with unique Trilby Rhododendron, (Rhododendron x 'Trilby'), shade tolerant Madonna (Brooks Hybrid) Azalea, (Azalea 'Madonna') and Miniature Gardenia (Gardenia jasminoides 'Radicans'). Also works well with such shade-loving perennials as Lenten Rose (Helleborus x hybridus 'Royal HeritageTM Strain'), Lilac Beauty Lilyturf (Liriope muscari 'Lilac Beauty') and Bolivian Sunset Gloxinia (Gloxinia sylvatica 'Bolivian Sunset').
- CareCare InformationProvide 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:Full shadeWatering Needs:Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
- History & LoreHistory:A widespread species native to the forests of Europe and Asia. It is also native to nearly every state adapting to subspecies to cope with regional climate variations.Lore:Woodland ferns have long been used as basket liners by berry and mushroom gatherers. The plant's microscopic spores led the ancients to believe they could render one invisible.