Description: Showy fronds are copper-red and often tinged pink or bronze when young, turning slightly shiny and dark green; striking fall color; the developing sori (spores) are frequently bright red
Habit: Grows up to 2.5 feet high and wide
Culture: Prefers moist, humus-rich soil in partial shade and a sheltered site
Hardiness: Cold hardy to USDA Zone 5
Origin: Eastern Asia
Attributes: Fall color
This genus, formerly known as Nephrodium (from nephros, a kidney, the shape of the spore cases), contains over 200 species world-wide and the hardy sorts are popular as specimens for perennial borders. The Autumn Fern, also known as Japanese Shield Fern, was introduced in the mid 19th-century. This species is very common in Central and Southern Japan and in Northeast Asia from China to the Philippines and Taiwan. It is best suited for shady gardens.
This plant will begin shipping mid April 2014. zone5,zone6,zone7,zone8,zone9