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Dryopteris erythrosora

Autumn Fern
Zone: 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
Exposure: Bright Shade
Height: Maximum 2 feet
Width: Maximum 2 feet
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Great Plant Picks - Autumn fern is an easy-to-grow evergreen fern that features bronzy-red new growth. Upright young fronds contrast nicely with the glossy, dark green mature fronds. The overall effect is quite colorful throughout the growing season, with coloration more pronounced in bright light conditions. The common name, autumn fern, is somewhat misleading, as it refers to the russet tones of the new fronds, which appear more in spring than in autumn. Dryopteris erythrosora spreads slowly by underground rhizomes, becoming a groundcover in time. It is effective planted in mixed shady borders and as a container specimen. Use with bold foliage plants such as hostas or rhododendrons to create contrast and drama. Companion plants with gold leaves and blue foliage look great against the deep green fronds. This fern grows best in rich moist to well-drained soil, but will tolerate sand or clay. Provide occasional watering during dry weather to keep the fronds looking their best. This fern grows well in light to deep shade. Though it is evergreen the fronds will start to decline in appearance as the new growth starts in spring. To keep its appearance clean and tidy cut the old fronds to the ground in early March, before the new fronds emerge.

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3 Nurseries Carry This Plant:

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Name City/State Email Phone Prod Type Availability
Blue Heron Farm Corvallis, OR Email now 541-754-4224 Container: 2
Sundquist Nursery Poulsbo, WA Email now 360-779-6343 Container: 2
Youngblood Nursery Inc. Salem, OR Email now 503-390-8619 Container: 2