Common ladyfern, Subarctic lady fern, Lady fern, Ladyfern
Dryopteridaceae (Wood Fern Family)
Wasowski, Sally and Andy
Highly variable in appearance over its range, Subarctic lady fern
is typically a large, clustered fern,
2-3 ft. tall. Its light-green color and twice-pinnate fronds with finely toothed
leaflets create the illusion of a dainty fern,
despite its large size. Stems are greenish-yellow to red.
Image Gallery: 7 photo(s) available
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb
, Fern Leaf Retention: Deciduous Leaf:
Green Autumn Foliage:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Not Applicable
Bloom Notes: Not a flowering plant. Reproduces by spores.
, DC Canada: BC
, PE Native Distribution:
Nearly cosmopolitan; divisible into a number of geographic races Native Habitat:
Forest, Woodland, Wet Meadow, Prairie, Field, Swamp, Marsh, Lakeshores
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Wet , Moist
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low
Soil Description: Moist, humus-rich soils.