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Crested lady fern

Athyrium filix-femina ‘Vernoniae Cristatum’

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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 CharacteristicsThe 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.

CareProvide part shade to full shade and medium moisture.

PropagationDivide in spring.

ProblemsProne to rust.

  • Genus : Athyrium
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Light : Partial Shade to Full Shade
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Uses : Shade
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
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