Lady Fern

Back in the Victorian Era the Lady Fern enjoyed a bit of a boy band popularity.  Known as the Victorian Fen Craze (1837-1914) hundreds of species were coveted, discovered and collected by all levels of culture to be used in small glass houses called Wardian Cases and miniature terrariums.  Fern societies were created and ‘trading cards’ were passed around salons and back gardens.  This led to irresponsible harvesting and poor care of captured species.

Despite the craze Lady Ferns survived the onslaught of over zealous collectors and today are still a popular specimen plant for everyday gardens.  Tall fronds rise from a central base and the soft feathery appearance is a textural gem.  Ferns can be divided in the Spring.

Lady Fern

Athyrium sp.

  • Light Exposure: Partial sun-shade
  • Soil Type: Rich, moist
  • Height: 1-3′
  • Width: 1-3′
  • Bloom Time: n/a
  • Bloom Colour: n/a
  • Foliage Colour: Shades of green
  • Pests and Disease: Slugs, snails, fungus
  • Landscape Uses: Beds, borders, groundcover
  • Special Features: Attractive foliage
  • Zone: 3-8

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