Athyrium filix-femina ‘Vernoniae Cristatum’

Athyrium filix-femina ‘Vernoniae Cristatum’

Lady fern

  • Botanical name: Athyrium filix-femina 'Vernoniae Cristatum'
  • Common name: Lady fern
  • Family: Woodsiaceae
  • Plant Type: Perennial, Deciduous
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Athyrium filix-femina ‘Vernoniae Cristatum’ is an attractive, deciduous lady fern, forming a medium-sized clump of feathery, filigree green leaves. It’s easy to grow and has a non-spreading habit.


Grow Athyrium filix-femina ‘Vernoniae Cristatum’ in a woodland setting in part-shade, ideally in a sheltered spot as the fronds can break easily. Trim to the ground in late autumn or early spring. Propagate by sowing spores in late-summer, or by division in spring. 

How to grow Athyrium 'Vernoniae Cristatum'

  • Plant size

    60cm height

    60cm spread

  • Aspect

    North facing, east facing

  • Position in border

    Front, middle

  • Sun exposure: Partial shade, full shade
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy / clay / heavy / moist / chalky / alkaline / acidic

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Do not Sow in January

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Do not Sow in December


Do not Plant in January

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Do Plant in May

Do Plant in June

Do Plant in July

Do Plant in August

Do Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

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Do not Divide in January

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Do Divide in March

Do Divide in April

Do Divide in May

Do not Divide in June

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Do not Divide in October

Do not Divide in November

Do not Divide in December


Do not Prune in January

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Do not Prune in April

Do not Prune in May

Do not Prune in June

Do not Prune in July

Do not Prune in August

Do not Prune in September

Do not Prune in October

Do Prune in November

Do not Prune in December

Athyrium 'Vernoniae Cristatum' and wildlife

Athyrium 'Vernoniae Cristatum' has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Athyrium 'Vernoniae Cristatum' poisonous?

Athyrium 'Vernoniae Cristatum' has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

Plants that go well with Athyrium 'Vernoniae Cristatum'