In spring, autumn fern’s fronds unfurl a copper red, then turn to bronze, and finally become a shiny dark green. The fronds are upright and lend a lacy texture to the woodland garden. This fern is usually deciduous. -Lou Anella, Regional Picks: Southern Plains, Fine Gardening issue #127
Noteworthy CharacteristicsEffective with most herbaceous plants. Very heat tolerant if given adequate shade and moisture.
CareGrow in moist soil and partial to full shade in a protected site.
PropagationSow spores at 59°F when ripe. Divide plants in spring or autumn.
ProblemsRust, leaf gall, and fungal spore can occur.
- Genus : Dryopteris
- Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
- Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
- Zones : 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
- Moisture : Medium Moisture
- Light : Partial Shade to Full Shade
- Plant Type : Perennials
- Characteristics : Showy Foliage
- Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest