Alphabetical Plant Listing

Athyrium

Lady Fern, Eared Lady Fern, European Lady Fern, Japanese Painted Fern, Painted Lady Fern, Northern Lady Fern, Athyrium filix-femina, Athyrium niponicum, Athyrium otophorum (Athyrium)


Prized by gardeners, Athyrium are mostly deciduous ferns, with feathery, finely divided foliage in a wonderful array of colors and forms. The genus includes about 180 species that are suitable to a wide range of garden conditions, including shady borders and woodland gardens, alongside other ferns or shade-loving plants. They can be grown as houseplants or in greenhouses.

  • Athyrium are native to moist woodland and forests in temperate and tropical regions around the globe.
  • Athyrium range from spreading ground-huggers 6 in. tall (15 cm), which are perfect for containers and small spaces, to stately specimens reaching 6 ft. in height (180 cm).
  • Their graceful fronds rise from erect or creeping rhizomes and unfurl& from a central crown in spring. They are available in a delightful array of textures and shades including purple, blue-gray, silvery or green.

Guide Information

Hardiness 4 - 9
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Ferns
Plant Family Athyrium - Lady Ferns
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 6" - 6' (15cm - 180cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

Guide Information

Hardiness 4 - 9
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Ferns
Plant Family Athyrium - Lady Ferns
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 6" - 6' (15cm - 180cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage
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