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- Southern Shield Fern - Thelypteris Kunthii Hardy Planting Zones- 7-10 Sun or Shade – Sun and Partial Shade Mature Height - 24-48" Mature Width- 12-48" Bloom Season – Non-flowering Gardener Status- Beginner
Southern Shield Fern, also known as the Autumn Fern forms in medium clusters of light green foliage with dark green stems
The Shield Fern is most common in North America and is an evergreen type fern.
Botanical Name: Dryopteris cycadina
Mature Height: 24 inches
Mature Width: 1.5- 2 ft
Growth Per Year: 1.5- 2 ft
Light Requirement: part- shade to shade
Soil Requirement: average, moist, (adaptable)
The Southern Shield Fern, also known as wood fern or buckler fern, depending on what part of the in where it is found. Its scientific name is Dryopteris and is most commonly found in the temperate regions of North America, such as the wet, wooded, shady forests of the Pacific Northwest, parts of Europe, and Northern Asia.
The common shield fern grows up to 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide.
Southern Shield Fern loves wet soils but can live in drier soils as well
If you are planting them in your garden, they will continue to look the best if you removed the damaged leaves once a year.
This genus is commonly hybridized and formed into many different species, and most of them have short roots that slowly creep into a crown shape. They are also the most common type that is used as garden greenery. Butterflies often lay their eggs in the leaves to that it can eat and grow.
Southern Shield Fern is normally found in the wetlands
These are the embodiment of fern beauty. This plant prefers moist but well-drained soils and plenty of shade to protect it from the harsh sun rays. Although it is naturally found in wetlands, it can survive drier conditions. But ideal requirements are needed for this growth.
Southern Shield Fern