Athyrium- Lady Fern

Distinctive, winter-hardy garden fern with beautiful, finely divided foliage.


Like most other ferns, it should be grown in a shady and sheltered position. It may also be grown under trees, provided the soil is thoroughly watered in dry weather. The fern grows quite tall and should be moved and planted a little deeper every three or four years.


Humus-rich, moisture-retaining soil is best. Feed every year with dried blood or well-rotted stable manure.


Division is the easiest method, but it is also possible to sow the spores.

Athyrium filix-femin a: Height 70-100 cm; oblong fronds usually doubly divided. The shape of the leaflets varies greatly and as a result large numbers of cultivars have been developed.

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