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Dryopteris cycadina or D. atrata

Shaggy Shield Fern, Black Wood Fern

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 Shaggy Shield Fern is a semi-evergreen fern that has an upright vase habit.  Shaggy Shield Fern has stiff leathery fronds with black hair-like scales covering the rachis. Thrives in rich, moist, acidic soils with some shade.  Tolerates drought once established.

Type: 

Fern

Height: 

1.5' - 3’

Spread: 

1.5’ - 3’

Spacing: 

2’

USDA Hardiness Zone: 

5 - 8

Culture: 

Part SunFull Shade

Bloom Color: 

N/A

Season of Interest: 

Year-Round

MAINTENANCE NEEDS: Low Maintenance. It can tolerate wet soils and heavy shade.  In cold climates cut back old fronds in winter to encourage new growth.

LANDSCAPE USES:  Accents or Group Plantings, BordersWoodland GardenRock Gardens, Naturalized AreasPond Edges, Containers.

COMPANION PLANTS: Lungwort, Bleeding Heart, Coral Bells

IMAGE: Photo by David J. Stang, Dryopteris cycadina 0zz, CC BY-SA 4.0


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