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Dryopteris marginalis

Marginal Shield Fern

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Dryopteris marginalis (Marginal Shield Fern)

A beautiful and easy-to-grow native fern which forms two to three foot vase-shaped mounds that may remain evergreen in protected areas. Fronds are strong and have attractive brown scales at their base. Also called Leatherwood Fern. Shade tolerant and adaptable to many soil types.

Additional Information:


Height
2-3 Feet

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Spread
2-3 Feet

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USDA Hardiness Zone 3-8

Home Owner Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Good Companions
Celandine Poppy (Stylophorum diphyllum), Wild Sweet William (Phlox divaricata), Black Cohosh (Actaea podocarpa), Wild Ginger (Asarum canadense), Tussock Sedge (Carex stricta)

Characteristics & Attributes

Hydrologic Designation

FACU

Season of Interest

Late (July-frost)
Mid (May-June)
Early (Feb-Apr)

Soil Moisture

Moderate

Special Uses

Ground Cover
Fresh Cut Flower

Sun Exposure

Shade

USFS MO Ecological Map

Wildlife Benefit

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