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Dryopteris erythrosora var. prolifica

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Characteristics

Plant type

Fern

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

old H4 (hardy)

Colour

Foliage

Pale Green in Autumn and Winter
Pink and Pale Green in Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

0.5-1 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

prolific copper shield fern

Family

Dryopteridaceae


Dryopteris can be deciduous, semi-evergreen or evergreen ferns, with stout, erect or decumbent rhizomes and shuttlecock-like rosettes of lance-shaped to ovate, pinnately divided fronds

D. erythrosora var. prolifica is an evergreen fern forming a neat tuft of light green, rathery leathery, bipinnate fronds to 60cm long, often pink-tinged when young, and sometimes bearing bulbils

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Part shade
  • Full shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, North-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Easy to grow in most cool, moist, lightly shaded sites and will grow in full sun if given plenty of moisture. Tolerant of dry shade but water regularly in their first season and mulch well

Soil

  • Poorly-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Sand, Clay, Chalk or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by sowing spores as soon as ripe or by division in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs


How to care

Pruning

Dead or damaged fronds may be removed as necessary

Pests

Generally pest free outdoors

Diseases

Generally disease free outdoors