Latin name: Athyrium filix-femina
The Lady Fern is a large, feathery fern widely cultivated for ornamentation. The leaves are about 30 inches long and 10 inches wide. They grow in circular clusters. Characteristic of the genus are curved or horseshoe-shaped spore-producing clusters that are covered by a fringed, membranous protective structure. Lady Ferns occur in moist, semi-shaded areas.
Lady Ferns are plentiful in the Clinch Mountain area, particularly along the banks of rivers and streams.
Photo taken behind my house