Kunth's maiden fern

Thelypteris kunthii

Photo/Illustration: 
Virginia Small
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Kunth's maiden fern (Thelypteris kunthii)
Genus:  Thelypteris
This robust fern with graceful light green foliage on triangular fronds a foot wide grows 3 to 4 feet tall with equal spread. Its foliage turns bronze in fall. Rhizomatous clumps spread to form colonies. It is native to the southern U.S.
Care:  Provide well-drained soil and part shade or full shade. With adequate moisture, this fern will take more sun than most. Tolerates moist and dry conditions. Its aggressive growth may need to be controlled.
Propagation:  Divide in spring or summer.
Problems:  Rust, scale insects, and leaf curl.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Growth Pace
Fast Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Native,
Showy Foliage
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Waterside
Style
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Fern

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