Dryopteris ludoviciana

Southern Shield Fern, Southern Wood Fern

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Southern Shield Fern is a semi-evergreen to evergreen native fern with an upright vase-like habit.  The glossy but leathery triangular dark green fronds grow as long as 2'.  Thrives in rich, moist, acidic soils with some shade.  Tolerates drought once established.

Type: 

Fern

Height: 

2' - 4’

Spread: 

1.5’ - 2’

Spacing: 

1.5’

USDA Hardiness Zone: 

7 - 9

Culture: 

 Part SunFull Shade

Bloom Color: 

N/A

Season of Interest: 

Year-Round

MAINTENANCE NEEDS: Low Maintenance. Protect from winds.  no serious disease or pest issues.

LANDSCAPE USES:  Accents or Group Plantings, BordersWoodland GardenRock Gardens, Native Gardens, Naturalized Areas, Pond Edges, and Containers.

COMPANION PLANTS: Coral Bells, Bleeding Heart, Lungwort

Image 1: Photo by and (c)2007 Derek Ramsey (Ram-Man), Southern Wood Fern Dryopteris ludoviciana Leaves 3008px, CC BY-SA 2.5

Image 2: Photo by and (c)2007 Derek Ramsey (Ram-Man), Southern Wood Fern Dryopteris ludoviciana Frond 2000px, CC BY-SA 2.5

 

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