Height: 12-18 in. (30-45 cm) 18-24 in. (45-60 cm) 24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
Spacing: 15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
Hardiness: USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 °C (-30 °F) USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 °C (-25 °F) USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F) USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F) USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F) USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F) USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F) USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F) USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F)
Sun Exposure: Partial to Full Shade
Danger: Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction
Bloom Color: Inconspicuous/none
Bloom Time: N/A
Foliage: Grown for foliage Deciduous
Other details: Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Soil pH requirements: 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic) 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
Seed Collecting: Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible
On Aug 10, 2009, Val1020 from Syracuse, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:
I originally bought this plant for a garden in the shade of an old maple tree. It did marginally well, returning each year. We lost the tree in a storm, but I didn’t transplant the fern. Each year since then the fern, now growing in full sun, has multiplied. This year I transplanted some from a spot in the garden among the cosmos to a shady spot. Its doing OK but the plant in the sun is doing much better!
On Aug 8, 2009, Xenomorf from Valley of the Sun, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:
Not an evergreen, this ferns' fronds form a vase-shaped, circular cluster. It grows to about 3 ft. tall by 8" wide in shaded areas along springs and streams in rich soil at about 7000-9500 ft elevation in Arizona.
On Jul 18, 2005, sterhill from Atlanta, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:
Atlanta - will take quite a bit of sun and spreads well. I don't water them very much. These ferns are shallow rooted and easily moved or divided. Best done in early spring before they get too big though. I have them with lilies growing through them. Very pretty ferns!
On Nov 30, 2004, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:
One of the most beautiful wild ferns in our area. It can be found along shady creek banks or along sunny roadsides.
I transplanted some to a shady flowerbed where my Mom could get nothing to grow for years. This was over 30 years ago, and they are still in that flowerbed and look lovely to this day. They are thick and lush...partially because the run-off from the air conditioning unit keeps the ground quite moist there.
Just a wonderful all around hardy fern that settles in and makes itself at home without becoming invasive.
One of the easiest ferns to grow. Extremely hardy and capable of handling quite a bit of sun, even moderate draught. Should it become too dry, it will die back but return next year. Very handsome and a very tough plant.
On Oct 20, 2004, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:
I have used lady fern in several locations around my backyard, the largest as a specimen that does wonderfully in the rocks surrounding our pond.
This fern will take full sun here in zone 5, as long as there is adequate moisture, and should grow quickly over the course of several years. It requires virtually no care once established. I simply cut down the dead fronds in late fall and look for them to spring to life next May. Of all the ferns cultivars I have, lady fern is perhaps the most enjoyable.
On Aug 31, 2001, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:
Easily grown in rich, medium wet, 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 plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Auburn, Alabama Gadsden, Alabama Indian Springs Village, Alabama Tuscaloosa, Alabama Juneau, Alaska Centerbrook, Connecticut Cordele, Georgia Chicago, Illinois Evanston, Illinois Plainfield, Illinois Washington, Illinois Hobart, Indiana Oak Park, Indiana Benton, Kentucky Hebron, Kentucky Louisville, Kentucky Mc Dowell, Kentucky Bridgewater, Massachusetts Lexington, Massachusetts Owosso, Michigan Minneapolis, Minnesota Lincoln, Nebraska , New Jersey White House Station, New Jersey , New York Brinckerhoff, New York Cayuga Heights, New York Syracuse, New York Fearrington, North Carolina Cleveland, Ohio Coshocton, Ohio Dublin, Ohio Fruit Hill, Ohio Portland, Oregon East Norriton, Pennsylvania Laflin, Pennsylvania Leacock-leola-bareville, Pennsylvania Conway, South Carolina Arlington, Tennessee Lexington, Virginia Newport News, Virginia Battle Ground, Washington Kalama, Washington Muscoda, Wisconsin Sheridan, Wyoming