Dixie Wood Fern
Dixie Wood Fern
Dryopteris x australisItem #2123 USDA Hardiness Zone: 5 - 9
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.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full to partial shadeWatering Needs:Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more.Average Landscape Size:Moderate growing, upright habit; reaches 2 ft. wide, 4 ft. tall or taller.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:drye-OPP-ter-iss os-TRAY-lissPlant type:FernDeciduous/evergreen:Semi-evergreenGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing, upright habit; reaches 2 ft. wide, 4 ft. tall or taller.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:Prized for foliage.Companion PlantsCoral Bells (Heuchera); Lenten Rose (Helleborus); Columbine (Aquilegia); Lungwort (Pulmonaria); Bleeding Heart (Dicentra)
- CareCare InformationProvide 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.Light Needs:Full to partial shadeWatering Needs:Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more.
- History & LoreHistory:Dryopteris x australis is a natural hybrid of D. celsa x ludoviciana, often found in wild populations from Louisiana to Virginia.