Lady in Red Fern

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Use these classic shade plants to add visual interest, texture, and contrast to low-light landscapes. Lady in Red Fern (Athyrium felix-forma 'Lady in Red') features bright green fronds with showy red stems. This is an excellent perennial for the shade!

Each spring, the season starts off with a breathtaking flush of light green fronds. But you'll see new leaves emerging throughout the summer, a welcome trait that makes this Fern appear fresh all season long. With their ornamental red stripe, they are also exceptionally beautiful.

Don't let their ethereal, delicate look fool you. These ferns thrive in areas with frigid winter temperatures. They are strong-growing, dependable, and tough, perfect for a low-maintenance shade garden. Try them in your trouble spots to slowly fill into a wonderful garden feature.

The leaves are held upright on dark, brilliant red-violet stems...which are better known as "Fern stripes". Add the lacy fronds to your cut flower arrangements as a backdrop for your featured flowers! Hardy throughout USDA planting zones 3 to 8, these are verdant cold-hardy and heat-tolerant perennial Ferns!

Planting and Application:

Rely on these sultry beauties as a staple for your shade gardens, perennial borders, Cottage gardens, and woodland plantings. Add them to your outdoor containers as a "Thriller" front and center. They also make a fantastic "Filler" plant in modern large arrangements.

From dappled to dim conditions, Ferns have evolved to make the most out of available light. Try a long row of these charming plants along your shaded side yard. Or, add zest in front of taller evergreen shrubs. Lady in Red Fern is a deciduous, easy-to-grow fern that makes a great blending plant for Hosta and other large-leaf plants, such as the round, red-purple leaves of Heuchera.

These Ferns' stripes will coordinate colorwise with the Heuchera leaves, and they'll become an amazing study in contrasts over time. After all, shade gardens are subtle, and require you to take the time to ponder texture, form, shape, and color.

They'll add a boldly ornamental element to mass plantings. Anywhere you've got a shady spot, Lady in Red Ferns makes a great groundcover. They'll slowly grow together to suppress weeds and provide seasonal cover for birds.

Include a comfy bench or hammock near a stand of these astounding Ferns. Create a Meditation Garden on your property! Add a restful note to your space, even in the middle of the city. This tough plant handles urban conditions without trouble. Include a wide bed of Lady in Red Fern on the shaded side as a special backdrop, or around a blissfully splashing fountain in their planting bed or Rain Garden. You can almost hear them grow if you listen closely.

  • Lacy Green Leaves on Showy, Red-Violet Stems
  • Fine-Textured Foliage Plant
  • Verdant Fountains of Vase-Shaped Greenery
  • Dramatic Filler in Cut Flower Arrangements
  • Spreads Slowly to Become Lush Groundcover

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Lady Ferns thrive where other plants fail! This graceful Fern variety loves rich, organic, well-drained soil that is evenly moist. Add a few handfuls of compost to your backfill soil while planting. Lady in Red Ferns prefers to be grown in partial to full shade. Their root systems appreciate the beneficial support of Nature Hills Root Booster. It creates a symbiotic relationship that helps your plants access water and nutrients most efficiently.

Provide a regular schedule of supplemental water, if you don't get adequate rainfall. These woodland plants love a layer of wood chip mulch, spread to a depth of 3 inches to keep their roots cool and moist.

For en masse plantings, space 18 inches apart on center, measuring from the center of one to the center of the next. Add Mulch between the plants to control weeds. Ferns can be divided and transplanted in spring and early summer.

  • Tolerates Full Shade or Partial Shade
  • Any Rich Organic Well-Drained Soil
  • Prefers Consistent Moisture
  • Extremely Cold Tolerant
  • Cultivar of The Native Lady Fern
  • Deer & Rabbits Don't Prefer the Taste

Recreate the delights of a pretty woodland in your landscape. Enjoy Lady in Red Fern throughout your growing season. Order Lady in Red Fern from the plant experts at Nature Hills Nursery this season!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Lady in Red Fern Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-8
Growing Zones 3-8
More Information
Brand American Beauties
Botanical Name Athyrium felix-forma 'Lady in Red'
Type Perennial
Mature Height 30 - 36 inches
Mature Spread 24 inches
Sun Exposure Full Shade, Partial Shade
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate to Higher
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Green
Pollinator Friendly No
Pruning Time Early Spring