Southern Wood Fern

Thelypteris normalis

Elegant southern American native fern. Easily adapts to a variety of soils in warmer winter climates. Produces light green upright fronds on an open fountain shaped plant. Spreads by rhizomes into colonies. Excellent choice for shaded foundation planting, and beds under established shade trees. Naturalizes with other understory natives in wild gardens. Equally at home in wet or dry shade. Semi-evergreen or herbaceous. Fast growing to about 3 feet tall and as wide. Non-hardy.
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8 - 10

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Full shade, Partial shade

Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

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Botanical Pronunciationthe-LIP-ter-is
Average Size at MaturityQuickly reaches 3 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimePrized for foliage.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Foliage ColorLight Green
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Cottage, Rustic, Tropical
Growth HabitFountain
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseBorder, Erosion Control, Mass Planting, Rock Garden, Woodland Garden, Dry Shade
Light NeedsFull shade, Partial shade
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureEasy Care, Gift Plant, North American Native Selection, Shade Loving, Fast Growing
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Key FeatureWoodland Garden Plant

Thrives in moist, humus-rich, slightly acidic soils. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; once established, prefers regular moisture but tolerates drier soils. Fertilize frequently during growing season. Cut back old fronds after new growth begins in spring.

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