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Silvery Spleenwort Deparia acrostichoides

Other Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

  • Athyrium thelypteroides
  • Diplazium acrostichoides
Phonetic Spelling
de-PAR-ee-uh ak-ruh-stik-OID-eez
Description

Fronds turn straw-colored in fall.  The oblong sori (spores) underneath and along the veins of the pinnae of the leaves become mature in the late summer.  They resemble a herringbone pattern.

Require constant moisture. They will tolerate sun with adequate moisture. Clump-forming with short creeping rhizome.

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#deciduous#heavy shade#deep shade#shade tolerant#shade garden#fern#deer resistant#hairy#clumping#native fern#naturalized area#hairy stem#food source fall#food source herbage#coastal FAC#Piedmont Mountains FAC#audubon#woodlands
 
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#deciduous#heavy shade#deep shade#shade tolerant#shade garden#fern#deer resistant#hairy#clumping#native fern#naturalized area#hairy stem#food source fall#food source herbage#coastal FAC#Piedmont Mountains FAC#audubon#woodlands
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Deparia
    Species:
    acrostichoides
    Family:
    Aspleniaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    E. Canada to N. Central & E. U.S.A.
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Heavy shade, Deer
    Dimensions:
    Height: 2 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 6 in. - 3 ft. 4 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Fern
    Native Plant
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Deep shade (Less than 2 hours to no direct sunlight)
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Description:
    No fruits. This plants reproduces via spores.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Description:
    No flowers.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    White
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Fronds
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Lanceolate
    Pinnatifid
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Elliptic-lanceolate fronds, pinnate-pinnatifid. Fronds taper at base. Segments are squarish or rounded. Lower surface of blade becomes silvery from whitish sori arranged in herringbone pattern. Fronds turn straw colored in fall.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Bud Scales:
    Enclosed in more than 2 scales
    Stem Form:
    Straight
    Stem Surface:
    Hairy (pubescent)
    Stem Description:
    Stipe and rachis remain green with abundant, narrow scales and some fine hairs.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Naturalized Area
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Shade Garden
    Attracts:
    Small Mammals
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Heavy Shade