Athyrium felix femina, Lady Fern
|Pots of second year Lady Fern at the nursery.|
Lady Fern is probably my favorite of the woodland ferns growing at Shelterwood. Unlike some of its cousins, like Sensitive Fern or Ostrich Fern., this tough, yet delicate-looking fern will not spread aggressively. Given its slower spread, if you want a patch, it is best to plant a patch! These make great companions to several woodland species like Woodland Geranium, Jack in the Pulpit, Large-flowered Bellwort, Large-flowered Trillium, Cutleaf Toothwort, Ramps, Wild Blue Phlox, Blue Cohosh, Early Meadow Rue, Wild Ginger, and more.
Height: 16 to 24 inches
Conditions: shade to pt shade, moist to medium soils, more sun requires more moisture.
|Lady Fern, springtime, unfurling in its natural woodland habitat.|
|Lady Fern, from above, edge of lawn.|