Lady-fern - Athyrium filix-femina

Alt Name
Lady Fern

Has a short erect rhizome with many large scales. From this arises a crown of usually outwardly arched twice or three times pinnate yellowy green fronds 20 to 100 cm long with pinnules deeply cut. The j-shaped or half moon shaped sori are diagnostic.


Woodlands and shady hedgebanks especially where there is humidity.

When to see it

July to November

Life History


UK Status

Widespread and generally fairly frequent in Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 129 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map