Lady Ferns Add Beauty And Elegance To Any Landscape

Posted by Tammy Sons on Dec 31, 1969

Lady Fern - Athyrium Filix Femina

Lady Fern - Athyrium Filix Feminais a feathery species of fern with long fronds. It is native to the northern hemisphere. The Lady Fern is often grown for decoration and thrives in damp and shady woodland environments. It has an elegant and graceful appearance, and its reproductive structures are concealed inconspicuously on the front. The Lady Fern is divided into two species, the narrow lady fern, and the southern lady fern. The southern lady ferns base has a broader fond. Both species have fronds that come out of a central point as a clump. The deciduous fronds are 7 to 35 inches long, 2 to 9 inches broad, and light yellowish-green. Spores are yellow on the narrow lady fern and dark brown on the southern lady fern. 

Lady Fern - Athyrium Filix Femina

They thrive in USDA hardiness zones 3 to 9. Lady Ferns have low growth and spreading tendency and are typically used to fill gaps between shrubs and under trees. They adapt well to pots and miniature landscapes. Lady Ferns require full to partial shade and wet to consistently moist soil conditions. They have a relatively fast growth rate and are deer resistant. When used in a garden, a regular watering schedule needs to be followed to establish a deep root system. It is also suggested to cut back old fronds in the spring to encourage new growth. Caring for Lady Ferns in your garden is not difficult once you have planted them in the right spot, and they have a chance to establish a root system. Springtime is the best time to divide lady ferns. Prepare your soil by properly fertilizing it and plant your divided Lady Ferns. The Lady Fern has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.

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