NORTHERN LADY FERN

Athyrium angustum

Northern Lady Fern, Athyrium angustum is an elegant, lacy fern that is easily found in the woods of New England. Shorter than many other ferns, this sweet plant prefers shade but can tolerate more sun so long as the soil is well watered. Choose this lady for a shady spot by a pond, or in a wet area of your landscape. Also great for rock gardens, woodland gardens, shaded border fronts or shade gardens.

Lady fern is a plant. The root and root-like stem are used to make medicine. People take lady fern for lung and breathing problems, cough, and digestive tract illnesses. The roots are anthelmintic and diuretic. A tea of the boiled roots has been used to treat general body pains, to stop breast pains caused by childbirth and to induce milk flow in caked breasts. The dried powdered root has been applied externally to heal sores.

SPECS: Genus: Athyrium ; Species: Angustum; Plant Type: Fern; Life Cycle: Perennial; Sun Exposure: Full Shade, Part Shade; Soil Moisture: Wet, Medium Wet, Well Drained; Height: 2′ — 3′; Spread: 1′; Plant Spacing: 1′ — 2′; Bloom Color: Green; Advantages: Low maintenance, Medicinal uses, Perfect for rain garden, Pollinator conservation; USDA Zone: 4 — 8; Attracts: Beneficial insects, Butterflies; Tolerant: Heat & humidity, Shade, Wet soils; Plant Community: Pair clumps of the Lady fern with tiarella cordifolia, Symphyotrichum lateriflorum (calico aster), and a ground cover of wild ginger for a perfect woodland garden.;