Connecticut Plants
Southern Lady Fern
Athyrium asplenioides (Michx.) Desv.
  • Synonyms: Athyrium filix-femina (L.) Roth ssp. asplenioides (Michx.) Hulten
  • Family: cliff fern (Woodsiaceae)
  • Habitat: moist woods, edges of wetlands
  • Height: 2 to 3 feet
  • Location of spores: underside of fronds
  • Petiole (leaf stalk): green or reddish above, dark at the base; flat or grooved in front, usually with tan or brown scales
  • Growth pattern: asymmetric clump
  • Persistence: deciduous
  • Origin: native

Photographed late June in Shenandoah National Park in Virginia.


Close-up of part of the frond of southern lady fern. Note the reddish color of the rachis (stalk). The rachis of southern lady fern may be red or green. Photographed in late June in Craig County, Virginia.