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British Columbia Outdoor Wilderness Guide
Lady Fern
Lady Fern
(Athyrium Filix-Femina)
The Lady Fern is a large spreading fern (up to 2 metres) that usually grows in clumps.


LEAVES:
- Lady Fern fronds can reach 4 ft. long and 10 in. wide
- fronds; tapered at both ends - largest in the centre
- can exceed 30 pairs of leaflets
SPORE CASES:
- attached in pairs to the underside
- horseshoe shaped
HABITAT:
- Lady Fern grows at all elevations along the British Columbia coast and wet interior regions
- Lady Fern prefers wet or damp areas such as swamps, stream banks, wet forests
- Lady Fern appears in clearings such a meadows
FASCINATING FACTS:
- Lady Fern were traditionally used as a covering for food, much like todays wax paper
- the fiddleheads are a spring delicacy and are eaten raw or cooked.

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