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Thelypteris noveboracensis

Common Name(s):
New York fern
Categories:
Ferns, Native Plants, Perennials
Comment:

A perennial species of fern found throughout the eastern United States and all three regions (mountains, Piedmont and coastal plain) of North Carolina.  It is found in woodland areas and can form spreading colonies through its brown-black scaly, trailing rhizomes.  They are common in sunny patches found from gaps in the overhead canopy.  This fern is a wetland indicator and can survive and outcompete other species in soil pH below 4.  It makes a good addition to a woodland garden filling in gaps when spring wildflowers fade and providing shelter for toads.

Regions:  Mountain, Piedmont, Coastal Plains

Seasons of Interest: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

  Leaf:  Spring                 

Wildlife Value:  This plant provides excellent ground cover.  Its parts are used in songbird nest construction.  

 

 

Season:
Eergreen
Height:
1-2 feet
Habit:
Clumping
Fronds:
Cumps of the New York Fern usually have at least three fronds which are brown at the base but become green as it approaches the leaflets. Leaves are 8-25" long, 4" wide, green-yellow with soft approximately 20 pinnae or leaflets are twice divided and taper in size as they reach both the tip and the base. The double cut pinnae give the fern throughout wispy texture.
Propagation:
Root division
Exposure:
Part shade, shade
Soil:
Acidic pH, damp, humus rich, rocky
Regions:
Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plaine
Origin:
Eastern United States and Canada
Tags:
yellow-green leaves, toads, shade garden, acidic soil, wildlife plant, evergreen, woodland garden

NCCES plant id: 2878

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