• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full shade
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Reaches 3 to 4 ft. tall and 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, Perennial
    Deciduous/evergreen:Herbaceous
    Sunset climate zones:1 - 9, 14 - 24, 31 - 43
    Average landscape size:Reaches 3 to 4 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Prized for foliage.
    Garden styleAsian/Zen, Cottage, Rustic
    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 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 shade
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: High
    Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.