Athyrium filix-femina
lady fern

Athyrium filix-femina
Athyrium filix-femina
Photo courtesy Renee Brecht
Britton & Brown
Botanical name: Athyrium filix-femina (L.) Roth.
Common name: lady fern
Group: fern
Family: Dryopteridaceae
Growth type: forb/herb
Duration: perennial
Origin: native
Plant height: 24 - 36"'
Foliage: lacy, twice cut fronds.
Stipe is green or reddish above and dark at the base.
Spores are under the frond
Habitat: meadows, open thickets, moist woods
Range in New Jersey: statewide, rarely in pine barrens and coast strip 
Heritage ranking, if any: n/a
Misc. Greek, Athyrium, "without shield", Latin, filix-femina "fern-feminine"
Reproduces by spores and rhizomes. .
A common landscape fern, that was very popular during the Victorian era.