Leather Wood Fern, Evergreen Wood Fern, Marginal Shield Fern
Dryopteris marginalis

Family: Dryopteridaceae
Genus: Dryopteris (dry-OP-ter-iss) (Info)
Species: marginalis (mar-gin-AH-lis) (Info)
Synonym:Aspidium marginale
Synonym:Polypodium marginale
Synonym:Thelypteris marginalis

Category:

Perennials

Ferns

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:

N/A

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Blue-Green

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From spores

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Auburn, Alabama

Headland, Alabama

San Diego, California

Santa Barbara, California

Alpharetta, Georgia

Cordele, Georgia

Algonquin, Illinois

Plainfield, Illinois

Piedmont, Missouri

Bronx, New York

Arden, North Carolina

Beaufort, North Carolina

Crossville, Tennessee

Mc Minnville, Tennessee

Rockwood, Tennessee

Viola, Tennessee

Dallas, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

Garland, Texas

Grand Prairie, Texas

Leesburg, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:

No details have been posted.