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Marginal Woodfern, Marginal Shield-fern
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.
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.