Definition of lady fern in US English:

lady fern


  • A tall, graceful fern of worldwide distribution which favors moist shady habitats.

    Athyrium and other genera, family Woodsiaceae: several species, in particular A. filix-femina

    • ‘Near the streams is an abundance of lady fern, netted chain fern, royal fern, cinnamon fern, and New York fern, often growing beneath a layer of mountain laurel.’
    • ‘On moist slopes above the terraces, northern maidenhair replaces the lady fern, and oceanspray populates the shrub layer.’
    • ‘There are mushrooms and nettles and lady fern fiddleheads.’


lady fern

/ˈlādē fərn/