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Athyrium angustum forma rubellum 'Lady in Red' (lady fern)

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Athyrium angustum forma rubellum 'Lady in Red'

lady fern

Strong-growing and dependable, the lady ferns are great garden plants. This selection from the New England Wildflower Society features red stems, making it a great choice to combine with purple-leaved plants. Tough and easy to grow, this sultry beauty is the right choice for perennial borders and woodlands alike. A breathtaking flush of new fronds appears in the spring, with new leaves appearing throughout the season for a continuously fresh look.

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Bloom Color

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-8

lady fern Interesting Notes

From a volunteer at The New England Wildflower Society comes a hot new selection of our native lady fern (Athyrium filix-femina var. angustum forma rubellum) that's all the rage. The lacy light green foliage is held upright on dark brilliant red-violet stipes (fern stems). Each plant of this slowly spreading fern should spread to 3' in 5 years. This deciduous easy-to-grow fern makes a great blending plant for hosta and other bold-leaf plants in the woodland garden. - Plant Delights

Discovered in Vermont by John Lynch of the New England Wildflower Society, 'Lady in Red™' is a superior selection of the native northern Lady Fern. Glassy red stems contrast pleasantly with the lime green leafage and are especially brilliant when highlighted with back lighting. The color on this deciduous form improves with age and does not fully display its beauty until it has been through a cold winter. High nutrient fertilizer intensifies the color but takes away from its luminescence. This is an easily-grown 2 to 3 foot cold hardy fern, and is suitable for Zones 3–8 where it is happy in light shade. - Casa Flora

Lady ferns have reliable color and are easy to grow. Best growth will occur in partial shade and a rich, moist soil. Relatively tolerant of sun and dry soil as compared to many other ferns. They spread nicely but don't run. A very low maintenance plant that adds a lot of aesthetic value to the landscape.

Athyrium angustum forma rubellum 'Lady in Red' Growing and Maintenance Tips

Lady fern flourishes in bright shade and moist, rich, organic soil. Does not tolerate clay. Tolerates sun if kept cool and moist.

Good Substitutions

lady fern Athyrium angustum forma rubellum 'Lady in Red'
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Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Shade
Full Shade
Part Sun
Part Sun
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Cut Flower
Cut Flower

Additional Information

Soil Moisture Needs
Plug Type
Landscape Plug™
Green Infrastructure
Ornamental Foliage
Propagation Type
Open pollinated