Eastern Wood fern

Dryopteris marginalis

  • Clump forming perennial fern with upright feathery fronds.
  • Foliage is evergreen with a soothing blue green color.
  • This fern thrives in moist loamy soils in dappled sun or partly shaded exposure.
  • Plants are prized for their ability to adapt to difficult dry shaded sites.

Height: 18-24 in
Zone: 3-8
Color: Non-Flowering

Interesting Notes about Dryopteris marginalis:

Remarkably pest resistant and drought tolerant once established.  For best appearance, fronds should be sheltered from excessive wind.

As it matures into lush groundcover stands this fern provides valuable habitat for small wildlife.  This pest resistant fern is not palatable to deer and other herbivores.

Grows best in dappled to light shade with low to medium moisture.  Plants tolerate rocky soil with neutral to acid pH but are adaptable to many soil types.

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Characteristics & Attributes


» Shade/ Part Shade

Soil Moisture:

» Moist, Well Drained


» Clump forming

Season of Interest (Foliage):

» Fall
» Spring
» Summer