Crested lady fern

Athyrium filix-femina ‘Vernoniae Cristatum’

Photo/Illustration: 
Steve Silk
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Crested lady fern (Athyrium filix-femina ‘Vernoniae Cristatum’)
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Genus:  Athyrium
This small fern is popular and easy to grow. It's suited to the front edge of a border. This cultivar has arching, ruffled fronds that divide into tassels at the ends.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  The foliage on common, full-size varieties discolors in late summer, so smaller cultivars such as this one are preferred. It combines well with other ferns and, under ideal conditions, may reach 2 feet tall.
Care:  Provide part shade to full shade and medium moisture.
Propagation:  Divide in spring.
Problems:  Prone to rust.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Light
Part Shade to Full Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Showy Foliage
Uses
Beds and Borders
Style
Shade,
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Fern

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