More Information About Dryopteris
Dryopteris is a fern genus of 225 species from around the world that give us the majority of our great garden ferns. We strongly recommend planting dryopteris (male fern) near athyriums (lady ferns)...even pteridophytes need a conjugal visit every now and then! Dryopteris go by a myriad of common names including Autumn fern, Male fern, Log Fern, Wood Fern, Shield fern and others.
Like most garden ferns, Dryopteris plants prefer light shade in a woodland garden and compost rich, evenly moist soil. Dryopteris species come in a variety of shapes and sizes, from a petite 18" up to a grand 50".
Most gardeners assume that ferns come in only one color but Dryopteris species are colorful ferns and provide hints and flashes of many colors. The new growth on some Dryopteris species may be copper or cinnamon (Autumn fern), and one species, Dryopteris pycnopteroides, has black midribs.
These garden ferns are deer-resistant, and many are drought-tolerant too. When you are ready to buy autumn fern or any other dryopteris for your perennial shade garden, we hope you will check out our online list of autumn ferns and other dryopteris ferns for sale.
Check out our blog postings about Autumn Fern.