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Marginal Shield Fern (Dryopteris marginalis)

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Ships April to May 2024
Item #:
Ships April to May 2024


Hardy, North American perennial
Description:  Leathery, evergreen fronds about 6 inches wide; distinctly blue-green in color
Habit:  Grows to 2 feet in height
Culture:  Prefers moist, acid, humus-rich soil and part to full shade
Hardiness:  Cold hardy to USDA Zone 4
Origin:  North America
Attributes:  Evergreen

This classic Eastern North American fern has broadly blade-shaped fronds that taper suddenly at the tip and arise out of a central crown.  The sori, or spore cases, are located on the margins of the leaflets, hence the common name.  The Marginal Shield Fern was first introduced into Britain in 1772 under the Latin name Nephrodium marginale.  Hardy ferns were being cultivated in America by the mid 19th century and horticultural books contained lengthy descriptions of cultural techniques.  Ferns were often recommended for planting in rock-work.

Arrives in a 1 quart pot.

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