• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Shade
    Full to partial shade
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: High
    Needs wet or constantly moist soil.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Average Landscape Size
    Reaches 3 to 4 ft. tall and 18 to 30 in. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Key Feature
    Woodland Garden
    Blooms:
    Flowering Time
    Does not flower
  • Detail
    Plant type:Fern
    Deciduous/evergreen:Herbaceous
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Reaches 3 to 4 ft. tall and 18 to 30 in. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Does not flower
    Garden styleRustic, Tropical
    Design IdeasA perfect space filler to fill out shade gardens and landscapes under large shade trees or groves. Exceptional for filling gaps in rock waterfalls where shade prevents other plants. A good problem solver for narrow sideyards and fleshes out difficult north facing foundation planting.
    Companion PlantsGroup this fern with other woodland beauties such as Golden Japanese Forest Grass, (Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola'), Pewter Lace Painted Fern, (Athyrium niponicum 'Pewter Lace'), Ebony Knight Mondo Grass, (Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Ebknizam') and Neon Lights Foam Flower, (Tiarella x 'New Lights').
  • Care
    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 to partial shade
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: High
    Needs wet or constantly moist soil.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    This fern is native to damp woods and swamps throughout a large range of the southeastern United States. Isolated stands can be found in wildlands as far north as New York. This is a natural hybrid between D. goldiana and D. ludoviciana. Its common name is derived from the fact that it's often found growing upon rotting logs in the forest.
    Lore:
    Ferns are primitive plants that reproduce by spores. The fronds of this and many other native ferns were used as makeshift baskets and wrappers by Native Americans within its range in the hunting and gathering forays.