Family: Dryopteridaceae

Scientific Name: Athyrium filix-femina

Common Name: Lady Fern, Common Lady Fern


Lady Fern (Athyrium filix-femina) is a hardy native fern that has been the parent of many cultivars.

Plant TypeFerns - Hardy, Site author's observations
Hardiness Zone4-8
Sunlightshade, part shade
Moistureaverage, moist
Soil & Siteaverage, woodsy
Flowersnon-flowering, spores produced in J-shaped sori
Leavesfronds, bipinnate-pinnatfid, stipe green or red with brownish scales on the stipe
Dimensions1-2 feet, erect or ascending, grows in circular clusters
Maintenanceaka: Northeastern lady fern, Northern lady fern
Propagationspores, division in the spring
Native SiteNorth America
Misc FactsAthyrium is for some authorities derived from Greek athuros (spiritless) with reference to botanical characteristics of lady-fern (Athyrium filix-femina), and for others from Greek anthyros (doorless) or anthoros (breeding well), both the latter in relation to the reproductive cycle and spores. (
Author's NotesI have used this fern in gardens on many occasions and it has proven to be hardy.
Notes & Reference#80-A Field Guide to Ferns (Boughton Cobb), #90-Ferns for American Gardens (John T Mickel,
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