Athyrium filix-femina 'Lady in Red'
Lady in Red Northern Lady Fern
Item #: 4968
Zones: 3a to 8b
Height: 20" tall
Origin: United States
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Athyrium filix-femina 'Lady in Red' is a hot selection of our North American native, deer-resistant lady fern (Athyrium filix-femina var. angustum forma rubellum) from a volunteer at The New England Wildflower Society. The lacy, light green foliage is held upright on dark, brilliant red-violet stipes (fern stems). Each plant of Athyrium 'Lady in Red' makes a slowly spreading patch 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.
Athyrium 'Lady in Red' requires virtually no maintenance. As a deciduous fern, it dies back to the ground at first frost, so you can remove the old fronds when you rake leaves in fall. Since Lady in Red fern is a tight clumper, your plant will never need to be divided...unless you just want more to spread around.A clump should be able to be divided in 3-5 years of good garden conditions.
Athyrium 'Lady in Red' prefers moist organic soils, although it's certainly tolerant of short term drought. If droughts last longer, the clump may go prematurely dormant, although it would take a very severe drought to cause lasting damage. Lady in Red fern thrives in both clay and sandy soil, although a humus-rich soil is preferred.
Some taxonomist have now elevated Athyrium angustum to species status, compared to its previous status as a subspecies of Athyrium filix-femina.
Because ferns don't flower, they aren't a draw for pollinators. Their lack of palatability to deer, however, is highly prized by shade gardeners in areas with high deer pressure.
Leaf Color: Green
Container Role: Fillers
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