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Goldie's Fern Dryopteris goldieana

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dry-OP-ter-iss gold-ee-AY-nah
Description

Short creeping rhizome with an elevated crown; easy to grow; prefers moist, humus-rich soil in partial to full shade; established plants are difficult to move.

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#deciduous#heavy shade#easy to grow#deep shade#shade tolerant#shade garden#fern#rabbit resistant#NC native#deer resistant#native garden#woodland
 
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Tags:
#deciduous#heavy shade#easy to grow#deep shade#shade tolerant#shade garden#fern#rabbit resistant#NC native#deer resistant#native garden#woodland
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Dryopteris
    Species:
    goldieana
    Family:
    Polypodiaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    East Canada to U.S.A
    Distribution:
    Eastern United States and Canada
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Heavy shade, This plant is seldom damaged by deer.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 3 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 3 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Fern
    Native Plant
    Perennial
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Arching
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Deep shade (Less than 2 hours to no direct sunlight)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Wet
    NC Region:
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5b, 5a, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8b, 8a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Description:
    No fruits. This plants reproduces via spores.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Description:
    No flowers.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Fronds
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Other/more complex
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Arching, golden-green fronds that tilt backward; large oblong triangular, pinnate-pinnatifid blade; quickly tapers at the tip and slightly narrowing at base; 7-8 flattened pinnae are pale green along the margins; segments have firm texture; sori lie near the midvien; fronds turn pale yellow in fall; long, thick stipe, very scaly at base
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Naturalized Area
    Near Septic
    Small Space
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Shade Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Heavy Shade
    Rabbits