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Cut-leaf Grape Fern Botrychium dissectum

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Previously known as:

  • Sceptridium dissectum
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boh-TRIK-ee-um dy-SEK-tum
Description

Cut-leaf Grape Fern is an evergreen fern found in old fields, clearings, and moist forests. This plant produces fruits that are distinct spores that arise near the base of the stipe. It has beautiful, green to bronze foliage in the winter, but dies in the summer.

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#heavy shade#deep shade#shade tolerant#shade garden#fern#NC native#deer resistant#native fern#food source herbage#coastal FAC#Piedmont Mountains FAC#bird friendly#audubon
 
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#heavy shade#deep shade#shade tolerant#shade garden#fern#NC native#deer resistant#native fern#food source herbage#coastal FAC#Piedmont Mountains FAC#bird friendly#audubon
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Botrychium
    Species:
    dissectum
    Family:
    Ophioglossaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    East Canada and U.S.A., Jamaica
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Heavy shade, Deer
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 6 in. - 1 ft. 6 in.
    Width: 0 ft. 4 in. - 0 ft. 6 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Fern
    Native Plant
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Deep shade (Less than 2 hours to no direct sunlight)
    Soil Drainage:
    Moist
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Description:
    No fruits. This plants reproduces via spores.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Description:
    No flowers.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Fronds
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Native Garden
    Shade Garden
    Attracts:
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Heavy Shade