Log fern

Dryopteris celsa

Photo/Illustration: 
Steve Silk
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Log fern (Dryopteris celsa)
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Genus:  Dryopteris
This fern is a tall plant with foliage that looks good all summer long. Upright deep-green fronds are semi-evergreen but topple over in fall. May reach 3 feet.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Looks great with most herbaceous plants.
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 spots can occur.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Light
Part Shade Only
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Showy Foliage
Foliage Color
Evergreen
Uses
Beds and Borders
Style
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Fern

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