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Athyrium otophorum (Eared lady fern)

Beginner
skill rating
3 hours care
per year
0.5m
Max height
0.5m
Max spread
5-10 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Athyrium otophorum

Other names

Eared lady fern

Genus

Athyrium Athyrium

Species

A. otophorum - A. otophorum is a deciduous fern bearing upright, triangular, bipinnate, grey-green fronds, pale green when young, with reddish-purple midribs and rounded pinnae.


Athyrium otophorum is: Deciduous

Habit

Arching, Clump-forming

Foliage

Light green in Spring; Grey-green in Summer; Grey-green in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

General care

Pruning

Removed dead fronds in late winter.

Propagation methods

Division, Spores


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Where to grow

Athyrium otophorum (Eared lady fern) will reach a height of 0.5m and a spread of 0.5m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Cottage/Informal, Beds and borders, Underplanting, Bog garden

Cultivation

Best in fertile, moist, neutral to acid soil in partial to full shade. Tolerates alkaline conditions. Foliage will scorch and decline if soil dries out. Mulch in spring to retain moisture.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Moisture-retentive

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Shade

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

Botanical name

Athyrium otophorum

Other names

Eared lady fern

Genus

Athyrium Athyrium

Species

A. otophorum - A. otophorum is a deciduous fern bearing upright, triangular, bipinnate, grey-green fronds, pale green when young, with reddish-purple midribs and rounded pinnae.

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Arching, Clump-forming


Colour

Foliage

Light green in Spring; Grey-green in Summer; Grey-green in Autumn

General care

Pruning

Removed dead fronds in late winter.

Propagation methods

Division, Spores


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Athyrium otophorum (Eared lady fern) will reach a height of 0.5m and a spread of 0.5m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Cottage/Informal, Beds and borders, Underplanting, Bog garden

Cultivation

Best in fertile, moist, neutral to acid soil in partial to full shade. Tolerates alkaline conditions. Foliage will scorch and decline if soil dries out. Mulch in spring to retain moisture.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Moisture-retentive

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Shade

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5

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