Athyrium filix-femina (L.) Roth

Lady Fern

Photo credit: Flora von Deutschland Österreich und der Schweiz. 1885, Gera, Germany: Thomé Courtesy of Kurt Stueber:

Family: Woodsiaceae

Genus: Athyrium

Category: Fern

Zones: 4 to 8

Size: To 3' tall and wide

Growth Rate: Moderate

Exposure: Part Shade, Shade


Bright green fronds from 24 to 36" long. Deciduous from zone 7 down. Rich, medium moist soil. Divide in spring.

"my ignorance of the stars is formidable, also of dogs & ferns except that around my house one destroys the other."

-John Berryman, 1968


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Native to northern Africa, Europe, North America and temperate Asia.

Published in Tent. Fl. Germ. 3: 1: 65 in 1800. Basionym is Polypodium filix-femina L.


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