Athyrium filix-femina var. asplenioides

Southern Lady Fern

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Southern Lady Fern is a mounding native deciduous fern with delicate-looking lacy fronds that are light green.  Best grown in part shade and rich, acidic and moist well-drained soils.  Southern Lady Fern is one of the ferns that can tolerate full sun if given enough moisture but does not do well in full shade.  It can be an aggressive spreader in ideal conditions.  Deer resistant.  

Type: 

Fern

Height: 

2’ - 3’

Spread: 

2’ - 3’

Spacing: 

2’

USDA Hardiness Zone: 

5 - 9 

Culture: 

Full SunPartial Sun

Bloom Color: 

N/A

Season of Interest: 

Spring, SummerFall

MAINTENANCE NEEDS:  Low maintenance.  It has moderate to high water needs, keep the soil moist. Do not plant in areas with strong winds or high traffic- its stems are as delicate as they look.

LANDSCAPE USES:  Accents or Group Plantings, BordersWoodland GardensNaturalized AreasRock GardensPonds and Streamsand Containers.

COMPANION PLANTS: Swamp Rosemallow, Maidenhair Fern, Hosta

Image: Homer Edward Price, Lady Fern frond (3004087142), CC BY 2.0

 

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