• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full to partial shade
    Watering Needs:
    Needs wet or constantly moist soil.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Reaches 36 to 48 in. tall, 18 to 30 in. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Woodland Garden
    Prized for foliage.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:dry-OP-ter-iss SEL-suh
    Plant type:Fern
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Reaches 36 to 48 in. tall, 18 to 30 in. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Prized for foliage.
    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 PlantsCoral Bells (Heuchera); Lungwort (Pulmonaria); Hosta (Hosta); Ligularia (Ligularia); Bleeding Heart (Dicentra)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide enriched, slightly acidic, well-drained soil. Water regularly the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Adapts to varied soil moisture conditions, once established. Fertilize regularly during growing season. 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
    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.
    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.