Genus: Buckler fern

Dryopteris

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
Buckler fern (Dryopteris)
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Dryopteridaeae
Feathery fronds produce shuttlecocks in most species with kidney-shaped clusters of sporangia.
Noteworthy characteristics:  Great ferny foliage with visible sori. A great foil for other plants. Many species are native to North America.
Care:  Grow in moist shade in a sheltered site. D. affinis and cultivars will tolerate more sun.
Propagation: 

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

Problems: 

Rust, leaf gall, and fungal spore can occur.

Species, varieties and clutivars for genus Dryopteris

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Brilliance
Dryopteris Erythrosora
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Log fern
Dryopteris celsa
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Wood fern
Dryopteris crassirhizoma
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Autumn fern
Dryopteris erythrosora
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Tokyo wood fern
Dryopteris tokyoensis
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Dixie wood fern
Dryopteris  × australis