Lady fern, with its finely cut leaves provides interesting texture to shady areas. It can also be used in sunny areas, but consistent watering is then required.
"This species is native to the Chicago Region according to Swink and Wilhelm's Plants of the Chicago Region, with updates made according to current research."
All Common Names:
Tree or Plant Type:
- Ground cover,
- Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
- Chicago area,
- North America
- Mixed border
- Large plant (more than 24 inches),
- Medium plant (12-24 inches)
- Full shade (4 hrs or less of light daily)
- Zone 4,
- Zone 5 (Chicago),
- Zone 6,
- Zone 7,
- Zone 8
- Acid soil,
- Moist, well-drained soil
Season of Interest:
- Early spring,
- Mid spring,
- Late spring,
- Early summer,
- Mid summer,
- Late summer
Shape or Form:
1 to 3 feet high and 1 to 2 feet wide. Lady fern can be used as a clump-forming ground cover. Clump-forming ground covers are plants that are not usually thought of as ground covers. They are perennials that can be planted closely together to provide the visual effect of a ground cover.
Tree & Plant Care
Best in moist, shady sites. Provide additional water in sunny sites.
Disease, pests, and problems
No serious disease or insect pests
Native geographic location and habitat
Commonly found in moist woodlands.
Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture
This plant has finely cut fronds.
Flower arrangement, shape, and size