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Athyrium filix-femina 'Victoriae' (lady fern)

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™.

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18-24 Inches


20-24 Inches


12 Inches

Bloom Color

USDA Hardiness Zone 4-9

lady fern Interesting Notes

Athyrium filix-femina ‘Victoriae’, the Victoria lady fern, was discovered in Scotland in 1861 in the midst of a feverish fern collecting era later dubbed the “Victorian Fen Craze”. At the time enthusiasts in the UK actively sought out unusual fern forms and this is indeed unusual! The pinnae criss-cross one another forming a series of letter x’s on the frond. In addition the tip is crested forming drooping tassels of split tips. Not surprisingly this cultivar attracts a tremendous amount of attention in the garden or container. The deciduous fronds reach from 1 to 2 feet in height and the plant needs light to full shade. It is a unique addition to gardens from Zones 4-9. - Casa Flora

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.

Good Substitutions

Japanese painted fern Athyrium niponicum var. pictum
Japanese painted fern Athyrium niponicum 'Regal Red'
lady fern Athyrium filix-femina
limelight lady fern Athyrium otophorum

Key Characteristics & Attributes

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

Additional Information

Season of Interest (Foliage)
Late Spring / Early Summer
Late Summer
Soil Moisture Needs
Plug Type
Landscape Plug™
Propagation Type
Tissue culture
Native to North America
Moist Shade