Lady in Red Lady Fern (Athyrium filix-femina var. angustum)

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Lady in Red Lady Fern (Athyrium filix-femina var. angustum)

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Synonyms / Also Sold As: Athyrium filix-femina 'Lady in Red', Athyrium angustum f. rubellum ‘Lady in Red’

This elegant red stemmed lady fern is native to the Eastern United States.  It was originally described as a sub-strain of the species and given the name vairiety angustum.  However, in recent years I have seen this in the trade under the name 'Lady in Red.'  New fronds are several times divided and have brightly colored stipes, giving them an appearance like green lace on red knitting needles!  The overall habit is very upright upon emergence, with fronds splaying out slightly horizontally as they mature and become heavier.  The lovely thing about this particular lady fern is that it is larger and more vigorous than many of the delicate European lady ferns, but not as huge or aggressive as the Western Lady Fern (A. filix-femina var. cyclosorum).  Like other lady ferns, they prefer deep shade and even moisture and do best with some protection from high winds and animal traffic as their fronds are brittle and somewhat easily broken.

Frond Condition: Deciduous

Origin: Eastern United States

Mature Height: 2-3'

Cultural Requirements: Part Shade, Shade, Evenly Moist, Slightly Moist

USDA Zones: 5, 6, 7, 8

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