The Lady Fern, Athyrium filix-femina, is a pretty deciduous perennial fern that can grow to be 1 to 3 feet tall and around 1 to 2 feet wide. This fern is the most popular fern to be used in potted plants and as a hanging plant. They can be found in many homes hanging from the front porch with their delicate greenery overhanging the pot. This fern is also found growing in the wild, especially in forests in North America. Other places that this fern can be found in the wild include meadows, moist wooded areas and along stream beds. The fronds on this fern are a lighter green color, and they are very delicate looking, and they can be about 6 to 8 inches wide and are tapered on both ends.
Many Native Americans also used the fronds of the Lady Fern to dry berries out on and even for covering foods.
Many Lady Ferns grow in a circular pattern will make an excellent addition to any garden, from the small to large. There is no worry or chance of this fern becoming an invasive species. Because of the adaptability of this fern, you can plant it in partially shady to fully shaded areas, and it is adaptable to different soils, as long as the ground does remain moist.
To plant: Remove roots/rhizomes from the package and dig a hole about 2-4 inches deep, place the root down in the hole and cover with the removed soil. If you would like to add mulch, that is great but not required. Mulch does, however always add additional charm and moisture to any garden.
Lady fern ship bare root.
Climate Zone: 2 - 9
Mature Height: 2 - 3 Feet
Mature Width: 1 - 2.5 Feet
Sunlight: Partial Shade to Full Shade
Soil Conditions: Adaptable to Various Soils
Botanical Name: Athyrium felix-femina