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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.

Benefits

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.


Height
2-3 Feet

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Spread
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
Exposure
Filtered Shade
Shade
Sun
Soil
Humus-rich
Well-drained
Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Moist
Moist but well-drained
Attracts Wildlife
Amphibians
Mammals
Reptiles
Songbirds
Habitat Collection
Songbird
Wet Sun
Native Habitat
Forest
Foliage Color
Green
Red
Uses
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