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Red-stemmed Lady Fern

Athyrium filix-femina (subsp. angustatum f. rubellum) 'Lady In Red'

Vibrant burgundy stems create a sharp contrast with green fronds; rich stem color develops after second season.

This selection of the Northern Lady Fern features vibrant burgundy stems contrasting beautifully with the lacy green fronds. Easy to grow preferring rich, medium to wet, well-drained soil. Terrific in containers, as a ground cover and for woodland gardens. Frond colour is best when planted in part shade and the red stem colour is most vibrant after the second winter dormancy. Deciduous. Leaves may be trimmed to the ground in late fall or early spring. Plants are easily divided in spring, every 3 to 4 years. Result of tissue culture from a plant found by the New England Wildflower Society in the woodlands of Massachusetts.


Bloom Time:

Foliage plant all season

Mature Height:

23-35 Inches

Hardiness Zone:

3-9 Find your zone


Full Shade,Partial Shade

Features and Usage:

Greenhouse Growing Instructions:

Grow on at 60-70° F to flush fronds, once fully open drop temperature to 58-63° F. Provide 50% shade, keep evenly moist and never allow to completely dry out. Water early so fronds dry before nightfall. Fertilize sparingly. Plants generally finish in 6-10 weeks based on growing conditions.
Plants Per Gallon: 1
Storage Temperature Prior to Planting: 45-60
Cooler Humidity Prior to Planting: High

Transplanting Instructions:

Plant in well draining professional potting soil keeping crown of plant at same level it was in the plug. Once potted, water immediately and apply a broad spectrum fungicide according to directions to avoid crown and root rot.

Homeowner Planting and Maintenance Tips:

Easy to grow in humus-rich soil in partial shade to deep shade. Perfect for the woodland garden.

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We have done our best to describe this plant as accurately as possible, however, different climates
and growing conditions in different parts of the country will affect height, bloom time, and color.