Dryopteris marginalis - Evergreen Woodfern


"Dryopteris marginalis, commonly called marginal shield fern, is an evergreen, which typically forms a non-spreading, vase-shaped clump to 1.5-2' (infrequently to 3') tall. This is a woodland fern which is most often found in shaded crevices of rocky ledges and bluffs. Features grayish-green, deeply cut, leathery fronds (15-20" long). Sori are located at the edges or margins of the pinnule undersides, hence the common name. Its rhizome forms an erect crown. Evergreen fronds provide good interest to the winter landscape.

"Prefers moist, well-drained, humus, rich soil in partial to full shade; broad, erect crown densely covered with light brown scales; produces a large, single crown; does not spread; hardy.  It is easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in part shade to full shade. It prefers moist, rich, humusy, acidic soils with protection from wind." (North Carolina Extension)

Dryopteris Marginalis Botany  by Dr. John Hilty

Dryopteridaceae (Shield Fern family)

North Carolina Extension description:   Dryopteris Marginalis (Evergreen Woodfern, Leather Wood Fern, Marginal Woodfern, Marginal Wood Fern) | North Carolina Extension Gardener Plant Toolbox. https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/dryopteris-marginalis/. Accessed 15 Feb. 2022.

John Hilty, Dryopteris Marginalis Botany , Illinois Wildflowers, Copyright 2004-2019. Accessed 15 February 2022

Botanical illustration: "Dryopteris MarginalisBy Marion Satterlee, artist - Parsons, How to Know the Ferns (see below), Public Domain

Information and images compiled by Erik N.Vegeto

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