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Dryopteris marginalis (Eastern woodfern)
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Dryopteris marginalis

Eastern woodfern or marginal woodfern

The leathery leaves of Dryopteris marginalis are a beautiful addition to the woodland garden and can form a lovely an easy to maintain groundcover. A sturdy east coast native, it forms a tidy clump that will not spread and is very tolerant of dry shade conditions once it has established. Marginal wood fern is often found in shaded crevices of rocky ledges and bluffs from Newfoundland to Georgia, west to Oklahoma and Minnesota.

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Height

12-18 Inches

Spread

12-18 Inches

Spacing

12 Inches

Bloom Color

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-8

Eastern woodfern Interesting Notes

Dryopteris is translated from the Greek as "oak fern".

North America Distribution Map

Dryopteris marginalis Growing and Maintenance Tips

Wood ferns prefer average to moist, rich, well-drained soils in shade or part sun. They tolerate drought very well once established. Needs protection from wind to keep foliage looking nice. Best planted in masses in the shaded or woodland garden, as an accent or mixed with bulbs and other native perennials.

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Full Shade
Full Shade
Part Sun
Part Sun
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant
Average
Average
Moist
Moist
Dry
Dry

Additional Information

Attributes
Native to US
Moist Shade
Dry Shade
Border
Native to Northeast
Mass Planting
Soil Moisture Needs
Well-Drained
Propagation Type
Tissue culture