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Lady Fern


   Lady fern is a very common houseplant. Many homes have lady fern growing from hanging baskets and in          large pots on the ground.

   The lady fern was one of the most popular indoor plants in the Victorian Era.

   Almost every house had at least one, if not more, containers housing lady ferns at that time.

   Lady ferns also grow in the wild, especially in deciduous forests of North        America and Europe.

   The lady fern is a deciduous perennial fern, ranging from about twenty-four    to thirty-six inches tall. The bright green, lacy fronds grow to about thirty      inches in length and are six to nine inches wide.

   Lady ferns will often grow in a group, and spread outwards. As the plants        spread out, the ferns in the center often die off, leaving a natural ring of        plants.

   Grizzly bears and elk use lady fern as a food source in the wild. These            ferns, unlike many others, can thrive in very cold and harsh climates.

   They are most hardy to zone two, and easily survive winter weather of          minus thirty degrees. The lady fern often will grow best in wet forested          thickets, or along stream banks. They require a good amount of moisture        to thrive.

   The lady fern had several uses historically to the native people of the land.    The large leaves of the lady fern were used to dry out berries in the sun.

   The young fiddleheads were eaten in the spring. Tea made from the lady        fern was used to aid childbirth. Oil from the stocks was used to expel            worms from the body.


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