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How to Grow Athyrium filix-femina Plants in your Garden

Gardener's HQ Guide to Growing Lady Fern

Lady fern

Athyrium x 'Ghost' hybrid of Athyrium filix-femina and Athyrium niponicum photograph by K M.


Quick Athyrium filix-femina Growing and Care Guide

  • Scientific name: Athyrium filix-femina
  • Common Name: Lady fern
  • Growing Zone (USA): 3 to 8
  • Life Cycle/Type: Fern

Plant Details

  • Plant Height (Inches): 24 to 30
  • Plant Spread (Inches): 30 to 36
  • Time of Bloom:
  • Color of Bloom:
  • Leaf Foliage Detail: Green
  • Growth Form: Irregular / Sprawling

Ideal Growing Conditions

  • Best Light Conditions: shade to partial shade partial sun
  • Rate of Growth: Average pace
  • Suitable Soil Types: Loamy, Neutral, Well drained
  • Moisture: Moist/Wet

Caring Conditions

  • Level of Maintenance: Low
  • Propagation: Sowing spores in mid to late summer or by division in spring
  • How to Prune: Dead or damaged fronds may be removed as necessary
  • Pests: Usually pest free out of doors
  • Diseases: Usually pest free outdoors

Further Information

  • Can Attact:
  • Tolerant of: Rabbit, Heavy Shade
  • Best used in: Border, Container, Foundation, Ground cover, En masse , Woodland garden
  • Miscellaneous : Attractive foliage, Naturalizing, Wetlands plant
  • Genus Detail: Athyrium
  • Further Reading: Here and Here


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