Tried and True
Recommended by 5 Professionals
Species Native to Missouri
Common Name: lady fern
Zone: 4 to 8
Height: 1.00 to 3.00 feet
Spread: 1.00 to 2.50 feet
Bloom Time: Non-flowering
Bloom Description: Non-flowering
Sun: Part shade to full shade
Tolerate: Rabbit, Heavy Shade
Easily grown in rich, medium moisture, well-drained soil in part shade to full shade. Tolerates drier soils than many other ferns. Will tolerate full sun, however, only if soil is kept constantly moist. Shelter from wind to protect fronds from breaking. Divide clumps in spring every few years to reposition crowns at the soil level.
This deciduous lady fern is a Missouri native that typically occurs in wooded valleys along streams, on rich wooded slopes and on floors of ravines. Light green, finely-divided fronds grow up to 3' long.
No serious insect or disease problems. Fronds frequently become somewhat tattered in appearance by mid summer.
Attractive when planted in the woodland or shade garden.