Lady in Red Fern

Athyrium filix-femina 'Lady in Red'

$19.00 + GST

A dense herbaceous fern that has a shapely form, growing in a graceful arch. Compound leaves emerge red in spring, turning then to a dark green for the rest of the season. The deep-maroon red stems add a overall interest to the plant. This general garden plant brings a fine and delicate texture to the landscape.

TYPE Perennial SUN Part Shade to Full Shade
HEIGHT 3 ft SOIL Moist
SPREAD 2 ft FLOWER No Flower
ZONE 3 FRUIT Edible Foliage, No Fruit
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Latin Name: Athyrium filix-femina 'Lady in Red'

Growth Rate:

Slow growth rate


Intricate, lacy fronds of finely divided light green foliage


Deer resistant


Used as a border plant, in edging or in a massed planting


Will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location


Plant in a part shade to full shade location


Prefers moist, rich, acidic soils - will even tolerate some standing water


Low maintenance


Usually looks best without pruning, but will tolerate some

Edible/Medicinal Uses:

Young shoots, harvested before they've unfolded (called Fiddleheads) can be eaten cooked - DO NOT EAT RAW (contains thiaminase which is an enzyme that robs the body of its vitamin B complex). Tea made from the boiled stems has been used to relieve labour pains. Tea from boiled roots has been used for general pains, and dried powdered roots can be used externally to treat sores.


DISCLAIMER: The information presented here regarding edible/herbal/medicinal uses is for informational purposes only. Always consult a physician or other qualified health professional prior to ingesting any plant not sold expressly for its edibility

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Pot Size

#1 Pot