Tennessee Smart Yards Native Plants

A comprehensive database of Tennessee native plants

Marginal Woodfern, Marginal Shield-fern

Marginal Woodfern, Marginal Shield-fern

Dryopteris marginalis

1 ½-2 feet tall by 1½-2 feet spread. Prefers part shade to medium shade but tolerates heavy shade; medium moisture level; rich, humusy soil; prefers moderately acid to neutral pH but tolerates slightly alkaline pH.

Maintenance: Low. Likes oak leaf winter cover and rather sensitive to heat. Can propagate by root division.

Growth/Colonizing Habit: A non-colonizing fern that never becomes aggressive.

Foliage: Evergreen

Native Region: East Tennessee and lightly in Middle Tennessee

Elegantly shaped, evergreen fronds that form a vase-like clump. Excellent as a specimen plant or in groups. Prefers the rocky soil of higher elevations and cooler temperatures of a north facing slope. Needs protection from wind. Occurs naturally in shaded crevices of rocky ledges and bluffs.



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