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Athyrium otophorum (limelight lady fern)
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Athyrium otophorum

limelight lady fern or eared lady fern

Clumping fern
Pastel highlights
Raspberry stems

The new foliage presents in a limey-pastel and adds drama to the overall appearance of this fern. The fronds mature to a medium green which causes a unique two-toned appearance through out the season.

Athyrium otophorum LP32 - 32 per flat Availability
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15-24 Inches


15-18 Inches


12 in

Bloom Color

Chartreuse, Mixed Colors

USDA Hardiness Zone 5-9

limelight lady fern Interesting Notes

The raspberry stems on the auriculate (eared) foliage are very striking against the new chartreuse-lime foliage and adds subtle accent on the mature green foliage. This fern is completely deciduous faithfully returning with vigor in the spring. It can remain evergreen in milder winters, but alas haggard and not ever-beautiful until the new growth returns in spring. In-season, it is important to give this fern ample water as the tender, light-colored new growth can be subject to scorch. It's a fresh new look for the shade that we think you will love. 

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Part Sun
Part Sun
Full Shade
Full Shade

Additional Information

Season of Interest (Foliage)
Late Spring / Early Summer
Propagation Type
Moist Shade
Ornamental Foliage