Log Fern

Dryopteris celsa

SKU
00504
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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5 - 9

Good to grow!5

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Full shade, Partial shade

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

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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, Erosion Control, Mass Planting, Specimen, Very Wet Areas, Woodland Garden
Light NeedsFull shade, Partial shade
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureEasy Care, Gift Plant, Naturalizes Well, North American Native Selection, Shade Loving, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Tolerates Wet Soils
Water NeedsHigh
Watering NeedsWater regularly to maintain wet or evenly moist soil - weekly or more.

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

Your USDA Cold Hardiness Zone: 5

Good to grow!