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Audubon® Lady Fern
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In wooded areas throughout our country—and around the world—Ferns make up a significant part of the native flora. We can take this as a cue that our own shady gardens should include native Ferns as well. These tough but delicate-looking lovelies bring vivid greenery to the forest floor, provide cover for small animals, and stabilize the soil with their sturdy, wire like roots. Southern Lady Fern is one native Fern that performs all of these functions and does it beautifully. Making upright mounds of arching, frilly foliage, it has that classic Fern look. Easy and satisfying.
May Benefit & Attract: wrens, sparrows, mockingbirds & thrashers, vireos
Take Birds Under Your Wing
New! Introducing our bird-friendly collection of Audubon® Native Plants & Trees
- Better for Birds, 100% Neonic-Free
- Not Available in non-native regions, states or counties (see Native Regions map)
Bower & Branch is proud to grow Audubon® Native Plants for Birds in partnership with the National Audubon Society to help birds and other wildlife thrive.
- The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow
- This bird-friendly native plant provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
- Your purchase and planting of this native flora directly supports Audubon’s conservation mission and impact
- Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program
- Audubon Native Plants & Trees are free of neonicotinoids and exclusively grown by Bower & Branch
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- Hardiness Zone: 4-8
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Ferns give a Jurassic Park feel to the landscape. These ancient Spirits, which existed with and even long before the dinosaurs, speak to us on a primitive level. They bring to mind an era we can only imagine, with lush ferny plants covering the ground as well as taking the form of tall trees. In modern gardens, their cool green fronds make shady spaces seem calming and peaceful. Southern Lady Fern is a North American native found over much of the eastern United States. Its range stretches from Kansas to Massachusetts in the North and Texas to Florida in the South.
Got deer? Ferns are usually a safe bet where deer are a problem. They provide needed greenery in the shady woodland garden spaces where deer may come looking for a meal, but deer tend to leave them alone. Southern Lady Fern is troubled by few pests of any kind and is relatively carefree.
How to Grow
Although Southern Lady Fern is one tough Spirit, treating it well will reap rewards. This means giving it a premium spot in the landscape where it will receive dappled sunlight or shade throughout the day. This Fern also appreciates rich, organic soil that holds some moisture but drains well and doesn’t stay soggy after a rain. Regular irrigation is important for lush growth, especially if plants are competing with tree roots for water. Southern Lady goes dormant in the winter. Cut the spent fronds back in early spring, just before the new growth emerges.
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