SOLVED: Need help to ID this fern

Enterprise, AL(Zone 8b)

This fern is about three feet tall, the picture was taken today Jan. 30th. I think it normally would have died back to the ground but the weather has been so warm just some of the leaves have turned brown.

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Enterprise, AL(Zone 8b)

I think I have found the answer, it looks like an Ostrich fern. If anyone thinks this is wrong let me know.

Beautiful, BC(Zone 8b)

Well, for me it doesn't fit with the Ostrich Fern which has a very pronounced "shuttlecock" growth. They grow very much like a badminton shuttlecock and this one seems to lack that. I haven't found what it is though and think it might be a Dryopteris. Is this in the wild?

Prairieville, LA(Zone 9a)

Kinda my thought also. Look at the Wood Ferns in this link.

Enterprise, AL(Zone 8b)

No the fern was not growing in the wild. It was given to me by a friend out of her garden,but she did not know the name of it.

This message was edited Feb 27, 2013 7:01 PM

Beautiful, BC(Zone 8b)

How about Dryopteris marginalis

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