Plants By Type
Shield Fern - Dryopteris cristata
Shield Ferns are a sturdy mid-sized fern, which are simple to grow. Shield Ferns are similar to most ferns in that they seem to grow best in shaded moist areas. This fern does particularly well in the Southeast, as this is its native habitat in North America. In fact, individuals planting in this area may even find that Shield Ferns can be an aggressive grower! It is a great option for groundcover in relatively poor, moist soils beneath shade trees. Shield Ferns have particularly elegant fronds with broader and thicker leaves than many other ferns in its size category. This fern will typically die down somewhat in winter, and then grow back during the spring.
Buyers should know that the foliage of most Shield Ferns are toxic, and these should not be planted in areas where animals or small children can access them without supervision.
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