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.

    Identification difficulty

    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

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map