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Athyrium filix-femina 'Victoriae' (lady fern)

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Athyrium filix-femina 'Victoriae'

lady fern

"This is the most spectacular of all cultivars in its magnificent frond architecture. It is really the Queen of Green", according to Dr. John Mickel, former curator of ferns at the New York Botanical Garden and author of "Ferns for American Gardens". As with other forms of lady ferns there is so much variability with spore production that it is necessary to produce this form in tissue culture, so its clones are identical to the parent. This superb selection has fronds whose pinnae (leaflets) crisscross to form x's and has crested pinnae tips. Another superior cultivar in the Mickel Collection™.

SIZE
Athyrium filix-femina 'Victoriae' LP32 - 32 per flat Availability
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Height

18-24 Inches

Spread

20-24 Inches

Spacing

12 Inches

Bloom Color

USDA Hardiness Zone 4-9

lady fern Interesting Notes

Athyrium filix-femina ‘Victoriae’ grows in clumps of lacy filigreed foliage 24” tall. Discovered in Scotland in 1861 during the Victorian Fern Craze, this unusual selection’s pinnae criss-cross and form an ‘X’ pattern. Tips of the ferns are crested and create drooping fringes. The fronds are distinct and unusual, a sure attention grabber in a garden or a container.


Lady fern flourishes in bright shade and moist, rich, organic soil. Athyrium filix-femina is circumglobal and can be found in rich moist woods, thickets, fields, meadows, and ravines throughout North America. While it does tolerate wet feet, it does not tolerate clay. Athyrium tolerates sun if kept cool and consistently moist. To maintain verdant appearance, protect from harsh winds, but provide adequate air circulation. To propagate, divide lady fern clumps every few years in the spring. Unlike other ferns, lady fern is relatively tolerant of sun and dry soil as compared to many other ferns. They spread nicely but don't run.


Like most ferns, Athyriums are deer resistant. It is a very low maintenance plant that adds a lot of aesthetic value to the landscape. The fronds of these ferns provide nesting habitat for wildlife.

Athyrium filix-femina 'Victoriae' Growing and Maintenance Tips

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. Propagate by clump division in early spring or by spore. 

Good Substitutions

limelight lady fern Athyrium otophorum
lady fern Athyrium filix-femina 'Victoriae'
lady fern Athyrium filix-femina
lady fern Athyrium filix-femina 'Victoriae'

Key Characteristics & Attributes

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

Additional Information

Green Infrastructure
Woodland
Wetland Indicator Status
Falcutative (FAC)
Plug Type
Landscape Plug™
Attributes
Ornamental Foliage
Native to North America
Propagation Type
Tissue culture