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lady fern

Athyrium felix-femina

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high
part shade - full shade
upright
1 - 4'
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Photo credit: 

E. Conrad

Fiddleheads
Fiddleheads

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

Lady ferns grow quite large where they get some morning or filtered sun
Lady ferns grow quite large where they get some morning or filtered sun

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

Delicate young fronds
Delicate young fronds

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

Fiddleheads
Fiddleheads

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

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Lady fern is a robust versatile fern that will thrive in a garden setting as long as it has ample moisture and afternoon shade. Perfect for shady north walls, near downspouts, and around water features. A nice layer of organic mulch (like wood chips or chopped leaves) will conserve moisture and keep your fern nourished and happy. The leaves die back in the fall and resprout each spring. This large species can be a nice accent specimen. Grow with red-osier dogwood, miterwort, western coneflower, and black gooseberry.