Light Needs:
Light needs: Full Shade
Full shade
Watering Needs:
Water needs: High
Needs wet or constantly moist soil.
Average Landscape Size:
Average Landscape Size
Grows to 1 1/2 to 2 ft. tall and 18 in. wide.
Key Feature:
Key Feature
Shade Loving
Blooms:
Flowering Time
Does not flower
Landscape Uses:
Landscape Uses
Botanical Pronunciation:drye-OPP-ter-iss ehr-ith-roh-SO-ra
Plant type:Fern
Deciduous/evergreen:Herbaceous
Sunset climate zones:4 - 9, 14 - 28, 31, 32
Growth habit:Spreading
Growth rate:Slow
Average landscape size:Grows to 1 1/2 to 2 ft. tall and 18 in. wide.
Special features:Dwarf Plant, Easy Care
Foliage color:Green
Blooms:Does not flower
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.
Care Information
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:
Light needs: Full Shade
Full shade
Watering Needs:
Water needs: High
Needs wet or constantly moist soil.
History:
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.