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Dryopteris cycadina

Shaggy Shield Fern

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Item #: 1287

Zones: 5a to 8b

Dormancy: Evergreen

Height: 18" tall

Culture: Part Sun to Shade

Origin: China

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

(aka: Dryopteris atrata) Dryopteris cycadina is a medium-sized, semi-evergreen Chinese fern that is a distinctive addition to the woodland garden with its very dark-green, heavily textured foliage and black stipe (sort of like a petiole)...well, it's awfully hard to describe a fern, but this one is really nice. When it emerges in spring, all of the visitors comment on its beauty, then leave the nursery with several!