Plant types and subtypes: Ferns, Ground Covers
Light Requirements: part-shade, shade
Water Use: medium
Soil Moisture: moist
Soil Description: acid, rich
Leaf Color: lime-green
Hardiness Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Additional Tags: colonizing, ornamental foliage, shade garden plant, woodland plant
Pricing & Availability
Thelypteris noveboracensisAlso known as:
New York fern,
Dryopteris noveboracensis, Polypodium noveboracense, Thelypteris thelypterioides
A decorative, delicate fern of medium height, Thelypteris noveboracensis can be distinguished from other ferns by its yellowish to lime green fronds that taper at both ends.
Native to moist woods, Thelypteris noveboracensis spreads by rhizomes, forming large colonies. Under ideal conditions it can be used as a groundcover for shade. While it might be considered invasive due to its ability to rapidly colonize, it is very easy to control by simply removing the undesired plants from the periphery. Best grown in full to part-shade, these ferns will turn brown by late summer if exposed to too much direct sun. Zones 3-8
Propagate by division in early spring, or from spores in fall.
New York ferns are ideal for use in woodland gardens or at the margin of a shade garden where they will provide a delicate, translucent backdrop for blooming perennials.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
AR, CT, DC, DE, GA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, VT, WV
USDA Endangered Status:
- Endangered: IL
- Exploitably Vulnerable: NY
|Family||Thelypteridaceae||Marsh Fern family|
|Species||Thelypteris noveboracensis||New York fern|