Dryopteris erythrosoraItem #3624 USDA Hardiness Zone: 5 - 9
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Bold and beautiful choice for shady borders and woodland gardens. A dwarf-growing fern with young papery fronds that display coppery-red color, maturing to deep green. Spreads by underground stems. Herbaceous perennial.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:drye-OPP-ter-iss ehr-ith-roh-SO-raPlant type:FernDeciduous/evergreen:HerbaceousSunset climate zones:4 - 9, 14 - 28, 31, 32Growth habit:SpreadingGrowth rate:SlowAverage landscape size:Grows to 1 1/2 to 2 ft. tall and 18 in. wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:Prized for foliage.Design IdeasA low-growing frilly Fern that behaves like a groundcover due to its spreading habit. Use to cover barren spots in shaded gardens or add to shade compositions that need a little seasonal color. Drought resistant, it is a labor saver in courtyards and atriums.Companion PlantsCoral Bells (Heuchera); Bleeding Heart (Dicentra); Hosta (Hosta); Lungwort (Pulmonaria); Ligularia (Ligularia)
- CareCare InformationThrives in enriched, slightly acidic, consistently moist soils. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed frequently during growing season with a general purpose fertilizer. Cut back old fronds after new growth begins in spring.Light Needs:Full shadeWatering Needs:Water regularly to maintain constantly moist soil.
- History & LoreHistory:This plant has been shuffled about in classification and nomenclature far less than most of its confused kin. To start it is grouped with the ferns into the Polypodiaceae. This genus, Dryopteris, is credited to French botanist Michel Adanson, 1727-1806. It contains about 150 species of temperate and tropical origins, and these have been regrouped by some references into a number of other genera, such as Aspidium, and Thelypteris. This species is native to an enormous range of China and Japan. It may be synonymous with D. chrysoloba due to minor distinctions between the species. The species classification is attributed to Daniel Cady Eaton, 1834-1895, the noted American fern expert and professor at Yale University.