Athyrium felix-femina 'Lady in Red' (Lady in Red Fern) growing in quart containers.

Athyrium filix-femina 'Lady in Red' (Lady in Red Fern)

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'Lady in Red' is a unique, ornamental cultivar of Athyrium filix-femina, commonly referred to red lady fern or simply 'Lady in Red.' Named for its contrasting light green fronds and burgundy red central veins, 'Lady in Red' is low-maintenance and thrives in part to full shade, and grows best in organically rich, moist, well drained soil. This cultivar grows very similarly to its parent species, and as such tolerates drier soil and light sun better than most ferns, but still prefers things on the moist, cool end of the spectrum, requiring consistent moisture if planted in sunnier spots.

The 'Lady in Red' cultivar has a slightly more compact size than other varieties of Athyrium, and maxes out around 30" tall and wide. Its delicate foliage and striking red-violet stalks make it a vibrant addition to shady, moist spots in anywhere in the landscape, and especially in rain, rock, and woodland gardens. In terms of ecological benefit, a lack of flowers means that Athyrium filix-femina won't attract pollinators, but fills the niche of food source and host plant for several species of moth and butterfly.

Native to Eastern Shore, Native to Maryland, and Native to U.S.
Deciduous
Mature Plant Height:Short: 12-29"
Part Shade/Sun (4-6 hours of sun) and Full Shade (less than 4 hours of sun)
Soil Moisture: Medium and Well-drained
Soil Type: Rich Organic Matter and Wide Tolerance
Foliage Color: Green
Features: Groundcover, Erosion Control, and Host Plant for Butterflies or Moths
Tolerances: Rabbit Tolerant, Deer Tolerant, Dry Shade Tolerant, and Shade Tolerant
Garden Type: Woodland Garden, Rain Garden, Small Space, and Rock Garden

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