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Athyrium filix-femina

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Species Name: Athyrium filix-femina
Common Name: Lady Fern

A beautiful deciduous fern for moist woodland gardens, especially under Redwoods and pines or near streams and ponds. New shoots are toxic.

Plant Family: Dryopteridaceae
Plant Type: Fern
Height by Width: 3-4' H x 3-4' W
Growth Habit: Short, creeping rhizomes
Deciduous/Evergreen: Winter deciduous
Growth Rate:
Sun Exposure: Shade
Soil Preference: Loam, acidic
Water Requirements: Regular
Cold Hardy to: -10 degrees F
Flower Season:
Flower Color:
Endangered?:
Distribution: Throughout California up to 10,000', except Central Valley and Peninsular Ranges."
Natural Habitat: Woods, along streams and seeps"

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