Athyrium angustum forma rubellum LADY IN RED
(Northern Lady Fern)
Zones 2 to 8, Light shade.
Height 20 to 36 inches.
Clumping forming deciduous plant should reach a spread of 18 to 36 inches.
Vibrant red-burgundy stipes (stems), creates a sharp contrast with its lacy, green fronds. Stems red color becomes more vivid after second dormancy. Limit nitrogen (production of green chlorophyll) to intensify red.
Tissue culture of plant found by the New England Willower Society in the woodlands of Massachusetts.
This hardy deciduous grows best in organically rich, moist well-drained soil with a neutral to moderately acidic pH. If the frond edges become scorched or crispy, the soil may be too dry. Add 2 to 3 inches of compost or peat moss to the beds each spring or fall. Use in containers, as a ground cover or for borders in woodland, shady locations.
Partial to full shade is best; though some sunlight is necessary to draw out the best frond color. This fern's vibrant burgundy stems coupled with its dark green fronds will compliment everything else in your shade garden. When planted amidst the dark purple leaves of coral bells, its burgundy stems really stand out. To protect the crowns and tender shoots in the spring, it is best to leave the old fronds on the plant over the winter. They can be removed in the spring when the new fronds reach 6 inches tall. If division is necessary, do so in the spring.
Twenty (20) plants per flat (or tray). Approximate Plug Measurements: 3.25 inches deep x 2.6 inches wide.