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PlantFiles: Broad Beech Fern
Phegopteris hexagonoptera

Family: Polypodiaceae
Genus: Phegopteris (feg-OP-teris) (Info)
Species: hexagonoptera (heks-uh-gon-OP-ter-uh) (Info)

Synonym:Dryopteris hexagonoptera
Synonym:Thelypteris hexagonoptera

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

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)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:

Grown for foliage

Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

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

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Lady_fern On Oct 20, 2006, Lady_fern from Jeffersonville, IN (Zone 6a) wrote:

This fern is flourishing along the northeast side of our house. Its triangular light-green fronds are showy in an understated way. It spreads much more slowly than ostrich fern, and is therefore lower maintenance. It fills in its area very nicely without needing to be pruned back every year. Since it's only 12-18" tall, it doesn't completely shade out the other plants. It just nicely surrounds them.

Neutral smiln32 On Oct 27, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

According to Lois Trigg Chaplin in her book "The Southern Gardener's Book Of Lists", this fern is an excellent choice for a groundcover. She said that it spreads "fairly quickly to provide easy maintenance for a bed." Taylor Trade Publishing, 1994

Positive Toxicodendron On Sep 28, 2003, Toxicodendron from Piedmont, MO (Zone 6a) wrote:

I have a lot of ferns and this one is a favorite. It is a native plant that I tried in a moist flower bed. It is lovely with hostas, running around and through them.


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

Jeffersonville, Indiana
Bridgewater, Massachusetts
Piedmont, Missouri
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

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