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Great plant pick: Tatting fern

  • This athyrium is sometimes called a tatting fern because of its lacelike fronds.

    Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

    This athyrium is sometimes called a tatting fern because of its lacelike fronds.

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  • This athyrium is sometimes called a tatting fern because of its lacelike fronds.

    Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

    This athyrium is sometimes called a tatting fern because of its lacelike fronds.

WHAT: Athyrium filix-femina Frizelliae, sometimes called a tatting fern, is a deciduous plant with bright green fronds, which have an almost beaded look. The small leaflets, called pinnules, are shaped like tiny round fans and are staggered along the stem giving the appearance of tatted lace.
WHY PLANT IT: The graceful fern adds whimsy and character to the garden. Its bright green fronds pop against white, black and bronze plants.
WHERE: This unusual fern is best in light, open or dappled shade with rich well-drained soil. Avoid locations with hot afternoon sun to keep the delicate foliage from burning. Provide an open location with limited competition from other plants along with regular summer watering.
ACTUAL SIZE: a 10-year-old woody plant or a 5-year-old perennial or bulb will grow to about 1 3/4 feet high by 1 3/4 feet wide.
LEARN MORE: See www.greatplantpicks.org.
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