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Wood fern

Dryopteris crassirhizoma

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This is a handsome and lush, semi-evergreen vase-shaped fern with thickly textured leaves that is suitable for specimen treatment. It reaches 3.5 feet tall. Grow in a woodland or moist shade garden.

CareGrow in moist soil and partial to full shade in a sheltered site.

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
  • Growth Rate : Fast
  • Uses : Ground Covers
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Light : Partial Shade to Full Shade
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
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