Wood fern

Dryopteris crassirhizoma

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
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Wood fern (Dryopteris crassirhizoma)
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Genus:  Dryopteris
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.
Care:  Grow in moist soil and partial to full shade in a sheltered 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
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Fast Grower
Light
Part Shade to Full Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Showy Foliage
Foliage Color
Evergreen
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Ground Covers,
Naturalizing,
Specimen Plant/Focal Point
Style
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Fern

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