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PlantFiles: Florida Shield Fern, Southern Wood Fern
Dryopteris ludoviciana

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Family: Dryopteridaceae
Genus: Dryopteris (dry-OP-ter-iss) (Info)
Species: ludoviciana (loo-doh-vik-ee-AH-nuh) (Info)

Synonym:Aspidium ludovicianum
Synonym:Dryopteris floridana
Synonym:Nephrodium floridanum

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Category:
Ferns

Height:
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:
Unknown - Tell us

Hardiness:
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:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade

Danger:
N/A

Bloom Color:
Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:
N/A

Foliage:
Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
This plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

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

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Profile:

No positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Neutral Cretaceous On Mar 26, 2007, Cretaceous from El Sobrante, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Native to the southern-most states in the USA (including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North and South Carolina, and Texas).

Listed as a state protected plant in Kentucky. Hard to find in nurseries locally.

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

Upright in its growth habit. Fronds are dark green. Will tolerate dry conditions but will perform best in moist areas. Makes a great groundcover, albeit a somewhat tall-ish one.

Regional...

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

Auburn, Alabama
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Conway, South Carolina
Navasota, Texas



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