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Goldie's Wood Fern

Dryopteris goldiana

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Goldie's Wood Fern (Dryopteris goldiana) at Valley View Farms

Goldie's Wood Fern in spring

Goldie's Wood Fern in spring

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  4 feet

Spread:  3 feet

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3a

Other Names:  Wood Fern

Description:

Graceful, arching fronds and a vigorous grower; this is the largest of the Dryopteris species; attractive shaggy brown fiddeheads unfurl in spring; keep evenly moist; provides habitat and shelter for birds and bees; some drought tolerance

Ornamental Features

Goldie's Wood Fern's ferny compound leaves remain forest green in color throughout the year. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Goldie's Wood Fern is an herbaceous evergreen fern with a shapely form and gracefully arching fronds. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Goldie's Wood Fern is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

Planting & Growing

Goldie's Wood Fern will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 15 years. As this plant tends to go dormant in summer, it is best interplanted with late-season bloomers to hide the dying foliage.

This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for rich, acidic soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone over the growing season to conserve soil moisture. This species is native to parts of North America, and parts of it are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised in planting it around children and pets. It can be propagated by division.

 
 
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