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Dryopteris marginalis

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Plant types and subtypes: Ferns, Evergreens

Light Requirements: part-shade, shade

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: moist

Soil Description: acid, rich, gravel/rock

Height: 2'-3'

Leaf Color: green

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

Additional Tags: clumping, evergreen, fall interest, ornamental foliage, rock garden plant, woodland plant

Dryopteris marginalis (leather woodfern)
  • Dryopteris marginalis (leather woodfern)
  • Dryopteris marginalis (leather woodfern)
  • Dryopteris marginalis (leather woodfern)

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Description

Dryopteris marginalis

Also known as:

leather woodfern

,

marginal fern

,

marginal shield fern

,

marginal wood fern

Scientific Synonyms:

Description

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.

Cultivation

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

Propagation

Propagate by root crown division in spring or fall. May be propagated from spores.

Additional Notes

A plant with winter interest. Excellent as a specimen.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
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

Classification

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