Dixie wood fern

Dryopteris  × australis

Photo/Illustration: 
Steve Aitken
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Dixie wood fern (Dryopteris  × australis)
dry-OP-ter-iss ex oss-TRAL-iss
Genus:  Dryopteris

This dramatic fern diplays 4-foot-tall arching fronds that form impressive clumps with age. It is a hybrid of two native ferns and makes a wonderful groundcover.

Noteworthy Characteristics: 

Tolerates dry shade.

Care: 

This plant tolerates full sun, but does best in shade with moist soil.

Propagation: 

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

Problems: 

Rust, leaf gall, and fungal spots can occur.

Overview

Height
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Showy Foliage
Flower Color
Greenery
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Ground Covers
Style
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Fern

Dryopteris  × australis