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Dryopteris goldiana (Goldie's woodfern)
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Dryopteris goldiana

Goldie's woodfern

This is the largest of the native wood ferns, reaching 4' in ideal conditions. It is a stately and slowly spreading groundcover, forming large clusters of graceful arching fronds. Named for Scottish botanist John Goldie, its fronds are green without a hint of gold. Dryopteris goldiana is native to seepage slopes and moist woods from Newfoundland to Georgia, west to Minnesota and Arkansas.

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3-4 Feet


2-3 Feet


18 Inches

Bloom Color

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-8

Goldie's woodfern Interesting Notes

Dryopteris goldiana, Goldie’s wood fern, is an east coast native that is a classic in east coast landscape design. The statuesque three to four foot bold fronds stretch their broad canopy handsomely over the garden’s lower shade lovers. Though deciduous it is a reliable and welcome pastel green contribution especially in challenging cold area fern gardens. It has produced numerous hybrids which are equally desirable and reliable. Give this sturdy and dependable species moist compost and a woodland setting in Zones 3-8. - Casa Flora

Dryopteris goldiana Growing and Maintenance Tips

Prefers moist, rich, well-drained soils in full to partial shade. Needs protection from wind. Spreads slowly by rhizomes. Best planted in masses in the shaded or woodland garden.

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Shade
Full Shade
Part Sun
Part Sun
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant

Additional Information

Soil Moisture Needs
Plug Type
Landscape Plug™
Green Infrastructure
Native to North America
Propagation Type
Tissue culture