Tatting Fern

Athyrium filix-femina 'Frizelliae'

Unique dwarf variety with narrow, long fronds that have ball-like pinnae along their midribs, resembling a string of beads. Easy to grow and perfect for shaded woodland gardens, border fronts or trough gardens. Highly effective along streams or ponds. Thrives in deep shade. Deciduous.
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Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.

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Botanical Pronunciationa-THEE-ree-um FY-liks FAY-mee-nuh friz-EL-ee-ay
LoreMost plants in the species Athyrium filix-femina are evergreen, and commonly called lady fern, however the unique ball-like pinnae attached to the midrib of each frond resemble that of a string of beads gave rise to the common name of Tatting Fern for this deciduous cultivar. The genus name Athyrium comes from Greek athyros meaning doorless in reference to the slowly opening hinged indusia (spore covers).
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing; reaches 9 to 12 in. tall, 12 to 18 in. wide.
Bloom TimePrized for foliage.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Cottage, Rustic
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Erosion Control, Firescaping/Fire Wise, Mass Planting, Very Wet Areas, Woodland Garden, Edging, Urban Garden, Ground Cover
Light NeedsFull shade, Partial shade
Special FeatureClump Forming, Dwarf Plant, Easy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Gift Plant, Naturalizes Well, North American Native Selection, Shade Loving, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Tolerates Wet Soils, Waterwise
Water NeedsHigh
Watering NeedsWater regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
Companion PlantsCoral Bells (Heuchera); Astilbe (Astilbe); Hosta (Hosta); Lungwort (Pulmonaria); Bleeding Heart (Dicentra)

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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-8

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