Lady Fern

Athyrium filix-femina


A deciduous fern that prefers more acid conditions but can be found in a wide variety of soil types.  Like all ferns it prospers in damp conditions and reproduces not by seed but by spore. 

How to identify

Thrice pinnate leaves grow from a central base and are diamond shaped with the fronds usually held horizontally, drooping at the ends.

Where to find it

Woodland, gardens and hedgerows


When to find it

  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November

How can people help

The Wildlife Trusts manage many habitats sympathetically for the benefit of all kinds of wildlife. By volunteering for your local Trust you can help too and you'll make new friends and learn new skills along the way.

Species information

Common name
Lady Fern
Latin name
Athyrium filix-femina
Ferns and horsetails
Fronds can grow up to 90cm long