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Lady Fern

Athyrium filix-femina

Lady Fern Plant Features

Lady fern is a soft-textured, North American native that adds a delightful texture to shaded and woodland gardens, especially when grown with plants such as heuchera, tiarella, and hosta. Over time, lady fern can slowly grow to establish large, dense clumps that make a spectacular addition to the landscape. Lady fern grows 18 to 30 inches tall and is deer resistant. This rugged fern is also a bit more sun and drought tolerant than other perennial ferns. Hardy from zones 4-8.

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Lady Fern Growing Instructions

Lady fern grows best in moist, well-drained soil that's rich in organic matter. Lady fern tolerates dry conditions a little better than most other ferns and is less likely to turn brown when grown in average soil that may dry out from time to time.

Lady fern is not recommended for human or animal consumption.

  • Light

    Outside: Part sun
    Outside: Shade

  • Colors


  • Water

    Moist, well-drained soil

  • Special Features

    Colorful foliage
    Deer/rabbit resistant

Complement your Lady Fern with these varieties:
Taller varieties of Hosta make great companions for Lady Fern.

The lacy foliage of Lady Fern is especially attractive paired with the blue flowers of Hydrangea.

For an instant snap of color, plant begonia around clumps of Lady Fern.

Varieties: Our Favorites

Athyrium 'Ghost' Ghost Fern

Athyrium 'Ghost'

A particularly lovely lady fern, ‘Ghost’ sports upright, silver-green foliage. It grows about 2 feet tall.

Athyrium 'Lady in Red' Lady in Red Fern

Athyrium 'Lady in Red'

Lacy, light green foliage on red stems makes ‘Lady in Red’ athyrium a colorful addition to any shady border. The plants can grow 3 feet tall. Hardy from zones 3-8.