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Southern Lady Fern Athyrium asplenioides

Other plants called Southern Lady Fern:

Previously known as:

  • Athyrium filix-femina var. asplenioides
Description

Southern Lady Fern is a 2-3 foot fern with lacy, broad deciduous leaves. Its native habitat in the eastern USA is thickets, shaded woods, swamps, streams, riverbanks, and acid bogs. It is easy to grow if given the right conditions. The light green fronds and reddish stems will form a lovely carpet in the shade garden.

Grow Southern Lady Fern in shady areas in organically rich, well-drained medium moisture soils. It withstands sun and dry soils better than most ferns. Enjoy the delicate lacy foliage in forests, along a stream bank, or at the edge of a woodland pond.

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#easy to grow#wildlife plant#deep shade#lacy leaves#cover plant#low maintenance#rabbit resistant#stream banks#pond margins#NC native#woodland#rock gardens#native fern#cover#border front#shaded border
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#easy to grow#wildlife plant#deep shade#lacy leaves#cover plant#low maintenance#rabbit resistant#stream banks#pond margins#NC native#woodland#rock gardens#native fern#cover#border front#shaded border
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Athyrium
    Species:
    asplenioides
    Family:
    Aspleniaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Eastern U.S.A.
    Distribution:
    AL , AR , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IL , IN , KS , LA , MA , MD , MO , MS , NC , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , RI , SC , TN , TX , VA , WV
    Wildlife Value:
    Provides cover for wildlife and parts are used in bird nest construction.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 2 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Fern
    Native Plant
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Ascending
    Clumping
    Erect
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Deep shade (Less than 2 hours to no direct sunlight)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Description:
    No fruits.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Description:
    No flowers.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Fronds
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Whorled
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Pinnatifid
    Leaf Margin:
    Lobed
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    The 2-3 feet long and 10 inches across light green lacy fronds are pinnate or pinnatifid lanceolate and grow in a circular clump. Each frond has 20-30 non-opposite pinnae that are elliptic with pointed tips. Pinnae are then divided into lanceolate to oblong pinnules. Fronds are widest below the center. The reproductive structures (sori & indusia) are located on the undersides of the pinnules.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Red/Burgundy
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Reddish stems
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Meadow
    Pond
    Riparian
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Native Garden
    Rain Garden
    Shade Garden
    Water Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Heavy Shade
    Rabbits