Athyrium filix-femina 'Frizelliae'

Description: A very popular and distinctive fern as it has lace like edges to the fronds (hence the common name Friselliae which is the Irish name for tatting which is the ancient art of lace making).  This gives a delicate look which is attractive with other ferns leaves and gives an interesting combination.  

Uses: Ideal for planting in containers and as compact suited to the smaller garden, in shady areas and with other ferns.

Climate/Position: Thrives best in a shady site but will tolerate dryer soils than many ferns. 

Height/Spread: 30cm x 30cm

Soil Requirements: Plant in moist neutral to acid soil but is also tolerant of dryer conditions.

Pruning: Removal of dead fronds in autumn or late winter.

Special Requirements:  This fern is slow to emerge in Spring so dont worry about the late development.

Additional Interest: The naturally occurring species of Athyrium filix-femina has one of the widest plant distributions being found in Europe, Asia and North America.  This suggests its early evolution in the plant kingdonm.

Now many forms have developed to make them popular garden plants for moist shaded locations.