PlantsDryopteris→Autumn Shield Fern (Dryopteris erythrosora)

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Dryopteris erythrosora Accepted
Dryopteris nipponensis Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Fern
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial Shade to Full Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 18 - 24 inches
Plant Spread: 18 - 30 inches
Leaves: Good fall color
Unusual foliage color
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Groundcover
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Propagation: Other methods: Other: Rhizomes
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Awards and Recognitions: Other: 2001 Georgia Gold Medal Winner; 2004 Great Plant Picks Award Winner


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By dave on May 3, 2014

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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Dec 7, 2011 2:08 PM

Very durable; tolerant of poorer conditions and dry periods. Nice in a hanging basket.

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