Has received the RHS Award of Garden Merit. (2012)
Common Name : eared lady fernFamily : AthyriaceaeType : FernHabit : Clump-formingSpread : 10-50 cmFoliage : DeciduousFoliage colour : Light green& RedSunlight : Part Shade / Full ShadeMoisture : Moist but well-drainedSoil : Acid / NeutralSeason of interest : Spring - Summer - AutumnTo be ShelteredHardiness: Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters -15° to -10°
Attractive fronds emerge light-green and turn darker green, giving a two-toned appearance; clump-forming and dense, perfect for shady spots; beautiful in masses on the edges of ponds or streams
Eared Lady Fern’s attractive ferny bipinnately compound leaves emerge light green in spring, turning green in color with pointy burgundy spines throughout the season. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.
Eared Lady Fern is a dense herbaceous fern with a shapely form and gracefully arching fronds. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.
This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and usually looks its best without pruning, although it will tolerate pruning. Deer don’t particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics. [Meadows Farms]