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Dryopteris marginalis

Eastern Wood Fern

Plant Type: Fern

Tough, adaptable evergreen fern with olive green arching fronds that grow in a vase shape. Established plants are reasonably drought tolerant. 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.





USDA Hardiness Zone: Zone 3 (-40/-30F)

Eastern Wood Fern Merit Awards and Special Collections

Eastern Wood Fern Characteristics & Attributes

Season of Interest
Mid Season (May - June)
Late Season (July - frost)
Soil Moisture Needs

Moderate to high soil moisture.

Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant