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Athyrium spicatum (Lady fern)

Beginner
skill rating
3 hours care
per year
0.3m
Max height
0.4m
Max spread
5-10 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Athyrium spicatum

Other names

Lady fern

Genus

Athyrium Athyrium

Species

A. spicatum - A. spicatum is a compact, clump-forming, rhizomatous, deciduous fern bearing arching, triangular, bipinnate fronds divided into narrowly oblong to narrowly lance-shaped, mid- to dark green pinnae with pointed lobes.


Athyrium spicatum is: Deciduous

Habit

Compact, Clump-forming, Arching

Flower

Insignificant or absent in All seasons

Foliage

Green in Spring; Green in Summer; Green in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

General care

Pruning

Remove dead or damaged fronds as necessary. Cut back all dead fronds in autumn or in spring as new growth appears.

Propagation

May not come true from spore propagation.

Propagation methods

Division, Spores


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Where to grow

Athyrium spicatum (Lady fern) will reach a height of 0.3m and a spread of 0.4m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

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

Cultivation

Plant in moist, fertile, neutral to acid soil in a shaded, sheltered site.

Soil type

Clay, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Moisture-retentive

Soil pH

Acid, 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)

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Botanical name

Athyrium spicatum

Other names

Lady fern

Genus

Athyrium Athyrium

Species

A. spicatum - A. spicatum is a compact, clump-forming, rhizomatous, deciduous fern bearing arching, triangular, bipinnate fronds divided into narrowly oblong to narrowly lance-shaped, mid- to dark green pinnae with pointed lobes.

Native to

Madagascar

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Compact, Clump-forming, Arching


Colour

Flower

Insignificant or absent in All seasons

Foliage

Green in Spring; Green in Summer; Green in Autumn

General care

Pruning

Remove dead or damaged fronds as necessary. Cut back all dead fronds in autumn or in spring as new growth appears.

Propagation

May not come true from spore propagation.

Propagation methods

Division, Spores


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Athyrium spicatum (Lady fern) will reach a height of 0.3m and a spread of 0.4m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

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

Cultivation

Plant in moist, fertile, neutral to acid soil in a shaded, sheltered site.

Soil type

Clay, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Moisture-retentive

Soil pH

Acid, 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 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4

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