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Dryopteris wallichiana AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Fern

Habit

Tufted

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Foliage

Green in Autumn and Summer
Green and Yellow in Spring

Size

Ultimate height

0.5-1 metres

Ultimate spread

0.5-1 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

alpine wood 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. wallichiana is a deciduous or semi-evergreen fern, forming tufts of erect, lance-shaped, bipinnatifid fronds, bright yellowish-green when young, clothed with blackish-brown scales on the stalk and midrib

Synonym(s)

  • Aspidium parallelogramma
  • Aspidium wallichianum

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, shaded sites. Tolerant of dry shade but water regularly in their first season and mulch well

Soil

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

Propagation

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

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Low Maintenance 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