Lady Fern

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Summer, Fall
2-3 Feet
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Full to Partial Shade
Deer Resistant

Lady Fern - Athyrium filix-femina

Lady ferns are hardy plants that thrive in the shade.
These ferns can be grown in USDA zones 3 to 9.
Lady ferns require moist, acidic soil and can grow up to 18 inches tall.
They are found in shady, moist areas, in the understory of deciduous forests, and in swampy areas.
Lady ferns are a popular choice for homeowners due to thier abilitytobe to grow and maintain easily. They reach 3 feet high, which makes them an attractive addition to any garden.
Lady ferns can be easily propagated by dividing the plants in the springtime or fall. The best time to divide is when the plants are not growing but in dormancy. To divide lady ferns, dig up the clump and chop it into smaller pieces with a sharp spade or shovel.
Lady ferns are great for gardeners who want to add some greenery to their yard but don't have the time or inclination for more difficult plants like hostas or rhododendrons.

Are lady ferns deer resistant?

Lady ferns are deer-resistant plants that can be used in the landscape. They are an excellent option for gardens and landscapes that deer have invaded.

How to care for lady ferns?

Lady ferns grow best in rich soil that stays fairly moist. If the soil is dried out, it will become brown and die. Lady ferns also need to be kept out of the sun, or they will burn up quickly.
Athyrium filix-Femina can be propagated by taking a piece of the plant, placing it into moist, fertile soil, and waiting for it to take root.

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1. Do lady ferns come back every year?

A. Yes, lady ferns (Athyrium filix-femina) are perennial plants, meaning they come back year after year from their root systems.

2. Do lady ferns prefer sun or shade?

A. Lady ferns thrive in partial to full shade. They are well-suited for woodland gardens or areas with filtered sunlight.

Athyrium filix-Femina) is the most popular fern in the United States. The fronds are long, narrow, and linear. The grassy evergreen leaves can be up to 3 ft. long, giving this plant its nickname of elephant's foot fern or just elephant foot fern!

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Summer, Fall
2-3 Feet
Ships As:
Full to Partial Shade
Deer Resistant:

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  • 5
    Lady Fern

    Posted by Lady Fern on Mar 20, 2023

    My package came today. Everything looks great. Planting today.

  • 5
    Lady Fern

    Posted by Lady Fern on Mar 09, 2023

    Lady fern (Athyrium filix-femina) is a perennial fern that is native to temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. It is commonly used as an ornamental plant in shaded or woodland gardens.

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