Autumn fern

Dryopteris erythrosora

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
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Autumn fern (Dryopteris erythrosora)
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Genus:  Dryopteris

In spring, autumn fern’s fronds unfurl a copper red, then turn to bronze, and finally become a shiny dark green. The fronds are upright and lend a lacy texture to the woodland garden. This fern is usually deciduous. -Lou Anella, Regional Picks: Southern Plains, Fine Gardening issue #127

Noteworthy Characteristics: 

Effective with most herbaceous plants. Very heat tolerant if given adequate shade and moisture.

Care: 

Grow in moist soil and partial to full shade in a protected site.

Propagation: 

Sow spores at 59°F when ripe. Divide plants in spring or autumn.

Problems: 

Rust, leaf gall, and fungal spore can occur.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Light
Part Shade to Full Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Characteristics
Showy Foliage
Uses
Beds and Borders
Style
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Fern

Dryopteris erythrosora