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ATHYRIUM filix-femina ssp. asplenioides

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James Burghardt

Family

Dryopteridaceae

Botanical Name

ATHYRIUM filix-femina ssp. asplenioides

Plant Common Name

Asplenium Ladyfern, Southern Ladyfern

General Description

Ladyfern is a deciduous, terrestrial fern occurring throughout temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. One of two subspecies found in North America, southern ladyfern occurs naturally in the south, southeastern and eastern portions of the United States, and overlaps somewhat with the range of its counterpart, northern ladyfern. Its tall, bright green, arching fronds are lined with long, finely divided leaflets with broad bases and long, narrow, pointed ends.

Elegant and easy to grow, this beautiful fern thrives in full to part shade and moist, rich, acid to neutral soil. Regular moisture is particularly beneficial in locations receiving more sun. Southern ladyfern looks terrific combined with the bold, horizontal foliage of hostas and other perennials of the shaded mixed border, and makes a lovely, sweeping groundcover in naturalistic woodland gardens. It may even be used as an accent in woodland-themed container compositions.

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 Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    3'-4' / 0.9m - 1.2m

  • Width

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • Native To

    Northeastern United States, Mid-Atlantic United States, Southeastern United States, Central United States, South-Central United States

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, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Self-Sowing

    No