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ATHYRIUM filix-femina 'Encourage'

Image of Athyrium filix-femina 'Encourage' (Cristatum Group)

James H. Schutte

Family

Dryopteridaceae

Botanical Name

ATHYRIUM filix-femina 'Encourage'( Cristatum Group)

Plant Common Name

Crested Ladyfern

General Description

The fresh green fronds of this distinctive ladyfern cultivar are lined with thin, finely divided leaflets with crested (branched) ends. Perfect for shaded mixed borders, woodland gardens and containers, ‘Encourage’ is more vigorous than many other crested forms. It should be planted where its delicate, frothy foliage can be admired up close.

Ladyfern is a deciduous, terrestrial species occurring throughout temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. It thrives in full to part shade and moist, rich, acid to neutral soil. Regular moisture is particularly beneficial in areas with more sun. Vigorous, elegant and easy to grow, this fern was a great favorite in gardens of the Victorian era.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    A1, A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Fern

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    15"-18" / 38.1cm - 45.7cm (18)

  • Width

    15"-18" / 38.1cm - 45.7cm (18)

  • Native To

    North America, Europe, Russia/Siberia, Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    None

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Light Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Self-Sowing

    No