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Dixie wood fern

Dryopteris  × australis

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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 CharacteristicsTolerates dry shade.

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

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

ProblemsRust, leaf gall, and fungal spots can occur.

  • Genus : Dryopteris
  • Plant Height : 3 to 6 feet
  • Plant Width : 3 to 6 feet
  • Zones : 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Flower Color : Green
  • Uses : Ground Covers
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
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