Athyrium filix-femina

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:

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Southern Lady Fern


Plant Specifics

Size:2.5-3.5 ft tall by 2-3 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Phenology:Winter dormant
Habitats:Moist hammocks, swamps, shady bluffs.


Recommended Uses:Ground cover. This is a clump-forming fern (all fronds arise from a central point) making it a good focal point in a shade garden. Can also be used as a border plant.
Light: Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Usually moist, occasional inundation
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray


One resource (Misssouri Botantical Garden) indicates that it tolerates rabbits.