Dixie Wood Fern

Dryopteris x australis

Sturdy, coarse fronds form a bold upright clump resembling sword ferns on a giant scale. Natural hybrid of southern natives, it's perfect for the shady or woodland garden. Mass as a backdrop for other shade-loving plants. Can tolerate dry sites, but performs best in moist soil. Spreads by rhizomes. Semi-evergreen. Partial to full shade. Fast growing clumps 2 feet wide, 4 feet or more tall.
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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.
Key FeatureWoodland Garden Plant

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.

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