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Log Fern

Dryopteris celsa

An elegant fern that thrives on the forest floor. Large, 2 to 3 feet long, deep green fronds produce a lush, leafy effect. A superior choice for shade gardens, under large tree canopies, narrow side yards and shaded foundation plantings. An herbaceous perennial.
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Full shade, Partial shade

Keep soil moist to wet.


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Botanical Pronunciationdry-OP-ter-iss SEL-suh
LoreFerns 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.
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing; reaches 36 to 48 in. tall, 18 to 30 in. wide.
Bloom TimePrized for foliage.
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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Rustic, Tropical
Growth HabitClumping
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Container
Light NeedsFull shade, Partial shade
Special FeatureEasy Care, North American Native Selection
Water NeedsHigh
Watering NeedsKeep soil moist to wet.
Companion PlantsCoral Bells (Heuchera); Lungwort (Pulmonaria); Hosta (Hosta); Ligularia (Ligularia); Bleeding Heart (Dicentra)

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, adapts to varied soil moisture conditions. 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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