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ATHYRIUM filix-femina 'Plumosum Axminster'

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Family

Dryopteridaceae

Botanical Name

ATHYRIUM filix-femina 'Plumosum Axminster'

Plant Common Name

Ladyfern

General Description

This very old ladyfern cultivar dates back to the 1863, and was originally spotted growing in a damp meadow near the town of Axminster in southwest England. It is beloved for its tall, feathery, arching fronds lined with long, pointed, very finely cut leaflets. The fresh green plumes are particularly bright in spring, adding light to dark, shaded areas of the garden.

Elegant and easy to grow, this fern looks terrific combined with the bold, horizontal foliage of hostas and other perennials of the shaded mixed border. It makes a lovely, sweeping groundcover in naturalistic woodland gardens, and may even be used as an accent in woodland-themed container compositions.

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.

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

    2'-4' / 0.6m - 1.2m

  • Width

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • 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, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Self-Sowing

    No