Dixie Wood Fern

Dryopteris x australis

SKU
02123
Sturdy, lustrous dark green fronds form a broad clump, making a bold statement in a shade or woodland garden. Mass as a backdrop for other shade-loving plants. This easy, dependable fern thrives in moist settings but tolerates drier sites when established. Semi-evergreen.
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5-9

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Full shade, Partial shade

Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.

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Botanical Pronunciationdrye-OPP-ter-iss os-TRAY-liss
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing, upright habit; reaches 2 ft. wide, 4 ft. tall or taller.
Bloom TimePrized for foliage.
Deciduous/ EvergreenSemi-evergreen
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleCottage, Rustic
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Mass Planting, Water Garden, Woodland Garden, Cutting Garden
Light NeedsFull shade, Partial shade
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureClump Forming, Easy Care, Gift Plant, Naturalizes Well, North American Native Selection, Shade Loving, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Tolerates Wet Soils
Water NeedsHigh
Watering NeedsWater regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
Companion PlantsCoral Bells (Heuchera); Lenten Rose (Helleborus); Columbine (Aquilegia); Lungwort (Pulmonaria); Bleeding Heart (Dicentra)

Provide enriched, slightly acidic, well-drained soil, with shelter from drying winter winds. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish root system; once established, water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil. Fertilize regularly during growing season. Cut back old fronds after new growth begins in spring.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 5-9

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