Fern Dre's Dagger

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Slender crisscrossed leaflets line the fronds to form a fringed crested tip. Red petioles provide beautiful contrast to the apple green wispy fronds. Delicate, lacy and elegant.

Place this compact type of Lady Fern near the front of a shady location where the intricate fronds can be admired. The Latin name for this Fern is Athyrium filix-femina.


Type: Perennials
Height: Short 12-18"
Spacing: Plant 18" apart
Bloom Time: Not Applicable
Sun-Shade: Mostly Sunny to Full Shade
Zones: 4-8   Find Your Zone
Soil Condition: Normal, Acidic, Sandy
Flower: Not Applicable
Accent: Not Applicable
Pot Size: 3.5" square x 4" deep

Features to Note

  • Deer Resistant
  • Humidity Tolerant
  • Rabbit Resistant
  • Shade Tolerant
  • Wet Site Tolerant

Fern General Information

Ferns are perfect for the shade garden. Lacy fronds soften the texture of other go-to shade classics like Hosta, Astilbe and Tiarella. Always welcome in a naturalized setting, Ferns like a woodland setting with loamy soil with lots of leaf mold. Most are fine with acidity making them perfect near evergreens.

Fern Plant Care

Prefers a moist, humus-rich soil. Allow foliage to remain over the winter to create a natural mulch. Clip off dead and damaged fronds in the spring. Rarely requires division, but if desired can be divided in spring or fall once large enough to have two or more crowns.