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Athyrium - Lady Ferns

Lady ferns (Athyrium filix-femina) and Japanese painted ferns (Athyrium niponicum) are among the most elegant plants for the shade garden. Cold-hardy and deciduous, they feature lacy fronds that arch and twist in a graceful manner. The lush green fronds of Lady Fern are in marked contrast to the sage green, silver, and burgundy tones of the colorful Athyrium niponicum (Japanese painted ferns). Easy to grow, they require a moist soil, very little care and a place of honor in your garden or containers.

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Athyrium

Prized by gardeners, Athyrium are mostly deciduous ferns, with feathery, finely divided foliage in a wonderful array of color 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.

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Athyrium 'Ghost' (Lady Fern)

Noted for its strong vase-shape with distinctly upright fronds, Athyrium Ghost' (Lady Fern) is an elegant deciduous fern forming a pretty rosette of arching, ghostly silvery gray fronds accented by contrasting dark red-purple midribs. Slowly spreading, this fern is easy to grow and lovely when paired with hostas and heucheras.

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Athyrium filix-femina 'Frizelliae' (Tatting Fern)

Unique, Athyrium filix-femina 'Frizelliae' (Tatting Fern) is a small deciduous fern forming a tuft of erect or arching, narrow fronds adorned with reduced leaflets giving the appearance of a necklace of green beads.

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Athyrium filix-femina 'Lady in Lace' (Lady Fern)

Resembling parsley, Athyrium filix-Femina 'Lady in Lace' (Lady Fern) is a small deciduous fern forming a clump of upright fronds, heavily frilled and ruffled.

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Athyrium filix-femina (Lady Fern)

Noted for its vigor and superb elegance, Athyrium filix-femina (Lady Fern) is a lovely deciduous fern forming a large rosette of upright to arching, lacy, lance-shaped, fresh-green fronds. The stems are generally green, but sometimes display a very interesting red hue.

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Athyrium filix-femina var. angustum 'Lady in Red' (Lady Fern)

Noted for its bright red stems, Athyrium filix-femina var. angustum 'Lady in Red' (Lady Fern) is an upright, slowly-spreading, deciduous fern forming a pretty rosette of erect to arching, ruby to garnet red stems bearing lacy, light green fronds. The contrast between the brightly colored stipes and the green fronds is of the best effect.

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Athyrium niponicum 'Crested Surf' (Japanese Painted Fern)

Athyrium niponicum 'Crested Surf' (Japanese Painted Fern) is an unusual deciduous fern forming a rosette of arching, silvery fronds with doubly branched or crested tips. The leaflets are tinged with red and silver.

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Athyrium niponicum 'Godzilla' (Japanese Painted Fern)

Aptly named, Athyrium niponicum 'Godzilla' (Japanese Painted Fern) is a striking deciduous fern forming a massive rosette of arching, silvery fronds accented by green highlights and dark purple stems.

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Athyrium niponicum var. pictum 'Burgundy Lace' (Painted Lady Fern)

Athyrium niponicum var. pictum 'Burgundy Lace' (Japanese Painted Fern) is a dramatic deciduous fern forming a lacy rosette of arching, lance-shaped fronds, flushed with rich burgundy-purple as they emerge. They gradually mature to silvery-green, but retain their purple mid-ribs and silvery sheen. Delicate, graceful but tough, this elegant fern is perfect for enlivening a shady garden area.

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Athyrium niponicum var. pictum 'Metallicum' (Painted Lady Fern)

Truly ornamental, Athyrium niponicum var. pictum 'Metallicum' (Japanese Painted Fern) is a very elegant deciduous fern forming a pretty rosette of arching, strikingly refined, lance-shaped, bipinnate fronds. The fronds are silvery gray, almost metallic, with green highlights and subtle burgundy veination.

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Athyrium niponicum var. pictum 'Pewter Lace' (Painted Lady Fern)

Athyrium niponicum var. pictum 'Pewter Lace' (Japanese Painted Fern) is a dramatic deciduous fern forming a lacy rosette of arching, lance-shaped, dark pewter fronds with contrasting bright silver-green edges and coral-red mid-ribs. This elegant fern is tolerant of heat and humidity.

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Athyrium niponicum var. pictum 'Silver Falls' (Painted Lady Fern)

Noted for its superb silver fronds and long-lasting color, Athyrium niponicum var. pictum 'Silver Falls' (Japanese Painted Fern) is a very elegant deciduous fern forming a large rosette of arching, strikingly refined, lance-shaped, bipinnate fronds.

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Athyrium niponicum var. pictum (Painted Lady Fern)

Noted for its superb elegance, Athyrium niponicum var. pictum (Japanese Painted Fern) is a very pretty deciduous fern forming a large rosette of arching, strikingly refined, lance-shaped, bipinnate fronds.

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Athyrium otophorum (Eared Lady Fern)

A dramatic addition to the garden, Athyrium otophorum (Eared Lady Fern) is a small deciduous fern forming a tuft of erect to arching, triangular, bipinnate fronds with reddish to purplish stems. Emerging pale silver and greenish gold throughout the growing season, the delicate fronds mature to dark green, giving the foliage a multicolor effect.

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