Plant types and subtypes: Ferns, Evergreens
Light Requirements: part-shade, shade
Water Use: medium
Soil Moisture: moist
Soil Description: acid, rich, gravel/rock
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Additional Tags: clumping, evergreen, fall interest, ornamental foliage, rock garden plant, woodland plant
Pricing & Availability
Dryopteris marginalisAlso known as:
marginal shield fern,
marginal wood fern
Dryopteris marginalis is a dark green, leathery evergreen fern. The 2 to 3 feet long fronds grow from a circular root crown and gently arch downwards. It has a similar but more robust appearance than the Dryopteris intermedia.
Leather woodfern is an extremely hardy fern that enjoys full to light shade and a variety of soil conditions, including slightly alkaline. Ideal for woodland gardens, shaded borders or shaded rock gardens. A non colonizing, non invasive fern. Zones 3-7
Propagate by root crown division in spring or fall. May be propagated from spores.
A plant with winter interest. Excellent as a specimen.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, VT, WI, WV
USDA Endangered Status:
- Exploitably Vulnerable: NY
- Threatened: IA, MN
|Family||Dryopteridaceae||Wood Fern family|
|Species||Dryopteris marginalis||leather woodfern|