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
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
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 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:
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.