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Athyrium filix-femina 'Lady in Red'

Lady Fern /

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'Lady in Red' has sultry red stems surrounded by bright green, lacy fronds. New fronds arise gracefully from the crown all season long, keeping plants from getting worn looking. Clumps are dense and upright. This deciduous fern is vigorous and easy to grow. Ferns provide seasonal cover and hiding places for ground feeding birds such as ovenbirds, waterthrushes, wood thrushes, robins and Carolina wrens.


  • Easy to grow; tolerates a wide range of soil and light conditions
  • Provides seasonal cover for birds and other wildlife
  • Good groundcover in shaded areas
  • Colorful fronds can be used in fresh arrangements

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Easy to grow in part to full shade. Tolerates sun if the soil stays moist. Prefers well-drained soil with average moisture, but this fern tolerates drier soil than other ferns. Shelter from wind to protect fronds from breaking. If fronds become tattered, cut them to the ground and new fronds will emerge.

2-3 Feet


1-3 Feet

USDA Hardiness Zone 4-8

Native Range

Woods; Newfoundland and Quebec to the Dakotas, south to Texas and Florida.

Distribution Maps by State and County

Native Trivia

Fiddleheads are the young coiled fern leaves that resemble the spiral end of a violin.  Most fiddleheads are edible in small amounts. Fiddleheads can be steamed, stir-fried, sautéed or baked.

"These showy shade plants provide cover and nesting material for our songbird friends."

Characteristics & Attributes

Plan Sub Group
  • Low Perennials
  • Medium Perennials
  • Filtered Shade
  • Shade
  • Sun
  • Humus-rich
  • Well-drained
  • Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
  • Average
  • Moist
  • Moist but well-drained
Attracts Wildlife
  • Amphibians
  • Mammals
  • Reptiles
  • Songbirds
Critter Resistance
  • Deer Resistant
Habitat Collection
  • Songbird
  • Wet Sun
Native Habitat
  • Forest
Foliage Color
  • Green
  • Red
  • Accent
  • Border
  • Container
  • Cut or dried flower
  • Ground cover
  • Mass plant
  • Naturalizes
  • Specimen
Native to
  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Puerto Rico
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming