Autumn Fern

Dryopteris erythrosora

SKU
03624
A bold and beautiful choice for shady borders and woodland gardens. A stunning dwarf fern with a flush of young papery fronds that emerge a copper-red color, then mature to a deep green. Spreads by underground stems. An herbaceous perennial.
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Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.

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Botanical Pronunciationdrye-OPP-ter-iss ehr-ith-roh-SO-ra
Average Size at MaturitySlow growing; forms foliage clump 18 to 24 in. tall, 18 in. wide.
Bloom TimePrized for foliage.
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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleCottage, Rustic
Growth HabitSpreading
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Mass Planting, Woodland Garden, Cutting Garden, Edging, Urban Garden, Ground Cover
Light NeedsFull shade
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureDramatic Foliage Color, Dwarf Plant, Easy Care, Gift Plant, Naturalizes Well, Shade Loving, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Tolerates Wet Soils
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
Companion PlantsCoral Bells (Heuchera); Bleeding Heart (Dicentra); Hosta (Hosta); Lungwort (Pulmonaria); Ligularia (Ligularia)

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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-9

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