Dryopteris celsaItem #0504 USDA Hardiness Zone: 5 - 9
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An elegant fern that thrives on the forest floor. Large, 2 to 3 feet, deep green fronds produce a lush, leafy effect. A superior choice for shade gardens, under large tree canopies, narrow sideyards and shaded foundation plantings. Herbaceous.
- DetailPlant type:FernDeciduous/evergreen:HerbaceousGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Reaches 3 to 4 ft. tall and 18 to 30 in. wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:Does not flowerDesign 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').
- CareCare InformationFollow 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:Full to partial shadeWatering Needs:Needs wet or constantly moist soil.
- History & LoreHistory: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.