Athyrium felix forma Lady in Red
Athyrium felix forma Lady in Red photo courtesy of Walters Gardens

Northern Lady Fern

Athyrium 'Lady in Red' is a very colourful fern. The foliage is a cool mint green with vibrant burgundy colours running throughout the stipes stems. The brightest colour appears with age after the second year. This fern combines well with many shade loving perennials but it especially lovely with dark leaved coral bells.

  • Height: 46 - 76 cm (18 - 30 in)
  • Spread: 46 - 76 cm (18 - 30 in)
  • Cold Hardiness: Zone 4
  • Sun or Shade: partial shade
  • Bloom Time: grown only for foliage
  • Leaf Colour: light green
  • Bloom Colour: does not flower
  • Critter Resistance: rabbits

Growing and Maintenance Tips

Lady Ferns are easy to grow in humusy, organically rich soil that is evenly moist. The prefer a neutral to moderately acidic soil. The soil should not be allowed to dry out throughout the growing season. Some early morning or late afternoon sun is required to bring out the foliage colours. Leave the old foliage on the plant to protect the crowns over the winter. Remove them in the spring as the new fronds begin to sprout. Division is seldom required but, if necessary, can be done in the spring.