Common Lady Fern
Family: Wood fern (Dryopteridaceae)
Native to: Eastern Ontario
Location at the FWG: Backyard Garden; Old Woodlot
Backyard garden bed: WW, FE
Fronds: thrice divided
Height: 60–100 cm
Light requirements: Shade to part shade
Moisture requirements: Moist
Natural habitat: “In various habitats ranging from meadows to open thickets, moist woods and even swamps” (Cody 1956). Common in the Ottawa region.
Notes: Delicate, fine-textured fronds. Has not spread at the FWG.
Propagation: Can be propogated from spores following American Fern Society’s instructions. We have grown small plants, and have been able to transplant them into “natural” conditions.
Provenance: Lis Allison
Ontario Ferns website