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Lady Fern, Tatting Fern 'Frizelliae'

Athyrium filix-femina

Family: Dryopteridaceae
Genus: Athyrium (uh-THEE-ree-um) (Info)
Species: filix-femina (FY-liks fem-in-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Frizelliae



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


15-18 in. (38-45 cm)


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)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Partial to Full Shade


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:



Grown for foliage


Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:


Chico, California

Fountain Valley, California

Plainfield, Illinois

Saint Charles, Illinois

Royal Oak, Michigan

Bridgeton, New Jersey

Jamesburg, New Jersey

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Pittsboro, North Carolina

Cleveland, Ohio

Coshocton, Ohio

Dayton, Ohio

Franklin, Ohio

Glouster, Ohio

Eugene, Oregon

Mount Hood Parkdale, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Conway, South Carolina

Arlington, Washington

Bainbridge Island, Washington

Olympia, Washington

Seattle, Washington

Winlock, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 3, 2011, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

Never took off and thrived. Eventually reverted into something halfway in between what it was supposed to be and a plain fern, which was very unattractive.


On Oct 20, 2005, snapple45 from Holland, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

Grows well in full shade with moist soil well amended with compost. The original fern has spread in two years to a refined clump about 3ft by 3ft. Excellent whan paired with a lime green hosta.