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Dryopteris marginalis

 
Dryopteris marginalis
leather wood fern; marginal shield fern
Dryopteris marginalis

Common name leather wood fern; marginal shield fern
Family dryopteridaceae
Life cycle evergreen fern (Z4-8)
Size 12-24"
Light part-full shade

Clump-forming fern native to the Eastern United States, with a reputation for toughness. I enjoy watching their curled-up new fiddlehead fronds emerge in late April. Not long after that, the plant all the way up, displaying its intricate frond pattern.

leather wood fern; marginal shield fern

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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