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Southern Shield Fern

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Height At Maturity
Under 3 Feet
7, 8, 9, 10,
7, 8, 9, 10,
7, 8, 9, 10,
7, 8, 9, 10,
Year Round
Sun & Shade,
Border Plants, Deer Resistant,
Border Plants, Deer Resistant,

Reviews (5)

  • 5
    Arrived Quickly

    Posted by William Bradford on 30th Mar 2017

    Cant believe how fast they were shipped and came

  • 4
    A few hiccups

    Posted by Dennis on 28th Mar 2017

    I had a few hiccups when I ordered, like the plants weren't wrapped good but they all made it and are doing good. Thank you and can't wait to order again.

  • 4
    Good plant

    Posted by Nice on 13th May 2016

    Very different from my other plants as far as care so even though I'm tempted to order more I'm holding off until I make sure I do good with it! it arrived as a good size for a seedling.

  • 4
    Need color

    Posted by AJ on 12th May 2016

    I prefer more color than what I received and as shown in the photo. However they are nice plants.

  • 3
    Could be packed better

    Posted by Justin on 25th Feb 2016

    Got my ferns in but some were kinda wilted but shipping was fast.

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Shipping Information

We ship all plants usps priority mail. They arrive to most locations within 2-3 days. We package all plants to retain moisture to up to 10 days in transit. All plants ships from our warehouses in Tennessee. All plants are grown and shipped from out Altamont (zip) 37301 location. We do drop ship for re-sellers also for those wanting to resell our plants.

How We Protect Your Plants For Transit

All plants are dug and immediately taken to our warehouse and tera-sorb moisture retention gel is applied to the roots and then wrapped in plastic to retain superior moisture for transit. They are placed in corogated cardboard shipping boxes for protection when shipped

Upon Receipt Of Your Plants

Upon receipt of your plants, unpack and unwrap the roots and mist with water. Plant within 24-48 hours. If you can not plant within this time frame, put your plants in a cool location (ex- basement, garage or cellar) and water the roots daily. Cover them back up with the plastic so they will not dry out until you can plant them. After planted, water every evening after the sun goes down for 5 days.

Shipping Dates
Ships Year Round


Southern Shield Fern - Dryopteris cristata


Southern Shield Fern

Southern Shield Fern, Thelpteris until or Dryopteris normal, is best suited for Zone 6, 7, 8, and 9. The plant's average mature height is 30" to 48". It grows best in the sun or partial shade. The groundcover, the vascular plant is also called the southern maiden, river fern, and widespread maiden. This deciduous plant grows best in moist soil but is tolerant to periods of drought with little to no sunny. It is a perennial and gets its name from its natural attributes and southern state abundance. Once established in dry soil, the seedless, woody plant will adapt and thrive. It has a moderate speed of growth and is widely found in the south because of the hot, humid weather, which encourages its growth and hardiness. Due to low maintenance requirements, the fern is most often used as edging, border, and groundcover near shady trees. When planted in or near wetlands, the plant will multiply and proliferate. Its growth and hardiness requirements allow it to be a natural border near water or human-made water features. The semi-evergreen plant's long rhizomes spread and form colonies instead of clumps, which will enable it to be transferred to different areas quickly. The way it grows makes it ideal for mass planting. In natural areas, Florida to the west of Texas and as far north as Kentucky and North Carolina, the Southern Shield Fern is an evergreen, heat-tolerant plant. The garden fern is deer-resistant and not likely to be eaten by other woodland animals. It has dark green fronds that resemble the texture of leather when it blooms in spring. As the season shifts to fall, the dark green color will change to a shiny bronze before disappearing and reappearing the next growing season. The triangular-shaped fronds of the bushy plant have extended arches with very hairy upper and lower surfaces.

Southern Shield Fern reflects the sturdiness and delicate beauty of raw nature.



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Southern Shield Fern


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