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ATHYRIUM filix-femina 'Lady in Red'

Image of Athyrium filix-femina var. angustum 'Lady in Red'

Jesse Saylor

Family

Dryopteridaceae

Botanical Name

ATHYRIUM filix-femina var. angustum 'Lady in Red'

Plant Common Name

Lady in Red Ladyfern, Ladyfern, Northern Ladyfern

General Description

The showy ladyfern ‘Lady in Red’ was discovered as a wild variant by a volunteer at The New England Wildflower Society's gardens in Framingham, Massachusetts. It features brilliant purple-red stems that support ferny green foliage.

Northern ladyfern is a deciduous, terrestrial fern found in the moist woods of the central and eastern United States and Canada. It is a very hardy fern that can also be surprisingly resilient when faced with short periods of drought. The upright light green fronds are lacy and supported by purple-red stems. It has been compared to the cultivar Athyrium filix-femina 'Rotstiel', which is considered to be a more vigorous red-stemmed ladyfern.

This easy to grow carefree fern performs well in shade and some dappled sun. It thrives in evenly moist fertile woodland soi. Though ‘Lady in Red’ spreads, it does so slowly. It's ideal for woodland gardens and the striking red stems and light green foliage blend nicely with other showy shade-loving ornamentals.

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

    3'-4' / 0.9m - 1.2m

  • Width

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • Native To

    Northeastern United States, North-Central United States, Northwestern United States, Northern Europe, Western 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

    Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    None

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, 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

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Self-Sowing

    No