• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full shade
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Slow growing; forms foliage clump 18 to 24 in. tall, 18 in. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Dramatic Foliage Color
    Prized for foliage.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:drye-OPP-ter-iss ehr-ith-roh-SO-ra
    Plant type:Fern, Fern
    Sunset climate zones:4, 4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8, 9, 9, 14, 14, 15, 15, 16, 16, 17, 17, 18, 18, 19, 19, 20, 20, 21, 21, 22, 22, 23, 23, 24, 24, 25, 25, 26, 26, 27, 27, 28, 28, 31, 31, 32, 32
    Growth habit:Spreading
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Slow growing; forms foliage clump 18 to 24 in. tall, 18 in. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Prized for foliage.
    Garden styleCottage, Rustic
    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)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide organically rich, slightly acidic, moist, well-drained soil. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; once established, water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil. Fertilize regularly during the growing season. Cut back old fronds after new growth begins in spring.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Shade
    Full shade
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
  • History & Lore
    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.


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