Athyrium 'Lady in Red'
Athyrium 'Lady in Red'
Athyrium 'Lady in Red'
Athyrium 'Lady in Red'
Athyrium 'Lady in Red'
Athyrium 'Lady in Red'
Athyrium 'Lady in Red'

Athyrium 'Lady in Red'

"Lady fern"

Athyrium 'Lady in Red'

1 bare root — £6.95

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Description

If you fancy a fern with a funky twist, look no further than Athyrium 'Lady in Red'! Fresh green fronds adorn a ruby-red midrib, bringing a flash of contrasting colour to a shaded leafy area. Enjoy watching the fronds uncurl in spring every year, just imagine how completely fantastic those fresh leaves will look emerging from a carpet of spring bulbs like Scilla, Eranthis or Narcissus. Athyrium 'Lady in Red' is an extra swanky plant for shade, turn a dull space into a tranquil, beautiful spot to chill in during summer!   

Athyrium 'Lady in Red', also known as lady fern, is deciduous and will naturally die back in winter, but remaining leaves provide essential cover for hibernating wildlife so avoid the temptation to tidy it up straight away in autumn—instead, trim back any remaining fronds in early spring to make way for the spectacular spirals that will emerge. The red stems of Athyrium filix-femina var. angustum 'Lady in Red' will be subtle in the first year while young, but become more vivid and chunky as the plant matures. 

Some ferns, such as the lady fern, are considered sun-tolerant and will grow perfectly fine when you plant them in direct sunlight.

Key features

  • Comes back every year

  • Loved by pollinators

  • Great for shade

  • In peat-free compost

  • Low maintenance

  • Fully hardy

  • Slug & snail repellent

Specs & details

  • Botanical name

    Athyrium filix-femina var. angustum 'Lady in Red'

  • Plant size

    1

  • Established height

    50-70cm

  • Established spread

    30-50cm

  • Plant spacing

    5 plants per m2

  • Leaf colour

    Green, red stems

  • Habit

    Upright
    Clump-forming

  • Life cycle

    Perennial

  • Hardiness

    Fully hardy

  • Years to establish

    2-3 years

  • Sunlight

    Full shade
    Partial shade
    Dappled shade

  • Position

    Sheltered

  • Suitable for

    Large containers
    Borders
    Cottage gardens
    Low maintenance gardens
    Pots

  • Soil acidity

    Any

  • Soil moisture

    Damp
    Free draining

  • Soil type

    Loam
    Clay
    Loam-based compost
    Sandy

  • Growing skill

    Easy to grow

  • Scented

    No

  • Pollinator-friendly

    Yes

  • Mouse resistant

    No

  • Rabbit resistant

    Yes

  • Deer resistant

    Yes

  • Toxicity

    No report

Plant calendar

JanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSepOctNovDec
  • Planting
  • Flowering

Useful information

    • Soak the Athyrium 'Lady in Red' roots in water for 3-6 hours prior to planting

    • Plant your "Lady fern" bare roots into temporary pots with a multipurpose compost in spring and grow-on in a sheltered spot outdoors

    • Choose a pot which comfortably fits the bare roots. Some have a noticeable crown which should be just below the soil surface with any top growth exposed. Some varieties are a length of root which should be planted lengthways and shallowly (1-2cm deep).

    • Plant out into borders or permanent containers in late spring or early summer once in full growth. Choose a position in sun or shade depending on the variety.

    Read all planting & care instructions

  • Orders placed until 29 February 2025
    You can expect your order in February/March 2025

    Orders placed 1 March - 15 April 2025
    You can expect your order in March/April 2025

    Orders placed 16 April - 15 May 2025
    You can expect your order within 10 business days

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