Description: Hardy, North American perennial — Delicate, fine-textured, light green fronds which are wider near the base; brown spores on the undersides of the fronds
Habit: Grows 1-3 feet high and wide; upright; spreads by creeping rhizomes
Culture: Prefers partial to full shade and moist but well-drained, humus-rich woodland loam
Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 through 9
Origin: North America
While the Lady Fern (Athyrium filix-femina) is widespread in temperate regions throughout the Northern Hemisphere, the Southern Lady Fern is found in the eastern United States from Maine south to Florida and west to Texas. Although not mentioned specifically by Jefferson in his notes and correspondence, the species is common in the woodlands at Monticello and can be found growing as a groundcover in an oval bed by the house. During the 18th century ferns often were used to pack plants and fruits for shipping.
Arrives in a 1 quart pot.