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Dryopteris intermedia

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Plant types and subtypes: Ferns, Evergreens

Light Requirements: shade

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: moist

Soil Description: acid, rich, loam

Height: 2'-3'

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Additional Tags: clumping, deer resistant, evergreen, fall interest, ornamental foliage, shade garden plant, woodland plant

Dryopteris intermedia (intermediate woodfern)
  • Dryopteris intermedia (intermediate woodfern)
  • Dryopteris intermedia (intermediate woodfern)
  • Dryopteris intermedia (intermediate woodfern)
  • Dryopteris intermedia (intermediate woodfern)

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Description

Dryopteris intermedia

Also known as:

intermediate woodfern

,

glandular wood fern

,

evergreen wood-fern

,

fancy wood fern

,

intermediate wood fern

,

common wood fern

,

fancy fern

,

evergreen woodfern

Scientific Synonyms:

Description

Dryopteris intermedia is an evergreen woodland fern with finely divided, dark green leaves. The size of the fronds can vary greatly, reaching a maximum length of 3 feet. It has a similar, but more delicate appearance than Dryopteris marginalis.

Cultivation

Extremely hardy, the common wood fern is best grown in cooler temperatures and in the shade. It can tolerate heat so long as the soil is not allowed to dry out. Zones 3-7

Propagation

Propagate by division in spring or fall. Though more difficult, this fern may also be propagated by spores which mature in summer.

Additional Notes

Dryopteris intermedia is plant with winter interest. Fronds of this species of fern are often used in floral arrangements.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, CT, DC, DE, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, VT, WI, WV

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Exploitably Vulnerable: NY
  • Threatened: IA

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision
Division Pteridophyta Ferns
Class Filicopsida
Subclass
Order Polypodiales
Family Dryopteridaceae Wood Fern family
Genus Dryopteris woodfern
Species Dryopteris intermedia intermediate woodfern