ferns also grow in the wild, especially in deciduous forests
of North America and Europe. The lady fern is a deciduous
perennial fern, ranging from about twenty-four to thirty-six
inches tall. The bright green, lacy fronds grow to about thirty
inches in length and are six to nine inches wide. Lady ferns
will often grow in a group, and spread outwards. As the plants
spread out, the ferns in the center often die off, leaving
a natural ring of plants.
bears and elk use lady fern as a food source in the wild.
These ferns, unlike many others, can thrive in very cold and
harsh climates. They are most hardy to zone two, and easily
survive winter weather of minus thirty degrees. The lady fern
often will grow best in wet forested thickets, or along stream
banks. They require a good amount of moisture to thrive.