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Athyrium filix-femina, commonly known as lady fern, is a graceful deciduous fern prized for its delicate, lacy fronds that emerge in early spring and persist until frost. This shade-loving plant is perfect for adding texture and interest to woodland gardens, shaded borders, or moist, shady areas. It thrives in partial to full shade and moist, well-drained soil, providing a lush green backdrop for shade-loving perennials and woodland wildflowers.

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Athyrium filix-femina

Common Name: Lady fern

Type: Fern

Family: Athyriaceae

Native Range: Temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere

Zone: 3 to 8

Height: 1 to 3 feet

Spread: 1 to 2 feet

Bloom Time: Non-flowering

Bloom Description: Non-flowering

Sun: Partial to full shade

Water: Medium to high

Maintenance: Low to medium

Suggested Use: Woodland gardens, shaded borders, moist, shady areas

Attracts: None

Tolerate: Deer, rabbit, heavy shade

Athyrium Filix Femina

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Lady Fern is primarily valued in the garden for its cascading habit of growth. Its ferny bipinnately compound leaves remain green in color throughout the season.

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