- Common Name(s):
- New York fern
- Ferns, Native Plants, Perennials
A perennial species of fern found through out 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 overhead canopy. This fern is a wetland indicator and can survive and outcompete other speices 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.
- 1-2 feet
- Flower Color:
- Cumps 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 a very fine wispy texture.
- root division
- part shade, shade
- no fruit, reproduces by spores
- acidic pH, damp, humus rich, rocky
- mountains, piedmont, coastal plain
- eastern United States, Canada
NCCES plant id: 2878