Dryopteris ludoviciana (3.5-inch pot)
Common Name: Southern Shield Fern, southern woodfern
Large, evergreen fern native to the southeastern United States. It is a stately plant with tall, upright fronds that can reach up to 4 feet in height. The fronds are shiny and leathery, with a dark green color. Tolerant of a wide range of conditions, but prefer moist, acidic soil in partial to full shade. They are a good choice for woodland gardens, shade gardens, and bog gardens.
- Height: 24-48 Inches
- Spread: 18-24 Inches
- Hardiness Zone: 6/7-9
- Part Shade to Shade
- Evergreen to semi-evergreen in colder climates
- Native to zone 8 in lower Southern States
- Found in Louisiana growing on the swamp banks
- Fronds triangular and arching
- Vase shaped clumps creep slowly by rhizomes
- Adapts to dry soil once established
Dryopteris ludovichiana is evergreen to semi-evergreen, evergreen in frost free areas. Triangular fronds are glossy, dark green in maturity. Vase shaped clumps creep and expand slowly by short rhizomes. Thrives in rich, moist, acidic soil in part sun to shade. Southern Shield Fern will grow in average, medium to wet soil. Tolerates drought once established. Use for ground cover, borders, edges, accents, large planting in shade gardens and woodland gardens. Mature height 24"-48", spread 24"-36".
- Plant in moist, acidic soil.
- Provide partial to full shade.
- Water regularly, especially during hot, dry weather.
- Mulch around the plant to help retain moisture.
- Fertilize lightly in spring or fall.
- Divide the plant every few years to keep it healthy and vigorous.
- Relatively pest and disease-free. May be susceptible to scale insects, spider mites, and leaf spot treat with an insecticidal soap or neem oil.
Dryopteris ludoviciana is a beautiful and easy-to-grow fern that is a great addition to any garden. With its tall, upright growth habit and shiny, leathery fronds, it is sure to add a touch of elegance to your landscape.
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These ferns are great! They arrived in great shape and have done well. Great price! Would highly recommend.