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Autumn fern

Dryopteris erythrosora

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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
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