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Thelypteris kunthii (Kunth's maiden fern, River fern, Southern maiden fern, Southern shield fern, Southern wood fern, Widespread maiden fern)

Thelypteris kunthii Photo/Illustration: Virginia Small


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Thelypteris kunthii Common Name: Kunth's maiden fern, River fern, Southern maiden fern, Southern shield fern, Southern wood fern, Widespread maiden fern 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.
Height 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread 3 ft. to 6 ft.
Growth Pace Fast Grower
Light Full Sun to Part Shade;Part Shade to Full Shade
Moisture Medium Moisture
Maintenance Low
Characteristics Native; Showy Foliage
Uses Beds and Borders, Waterside
Style Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest Spring Interest, Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Fern

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