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Thelypteris palustris var. pubescens

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the-LIP-ter-is pal-US-triss pew-BES-senz
Description

Eastern Marsh Fern is a native fern in the marsh fern family.  It is found in low woodland areas along riparian corridors and roadsides.  It has a low creeping rhizome from which arises erect to arching fronds. Only Thelypteris palustris available in the trade.

The plant prefers full sun to partial shade but not deep shade and moist but not too wet sandy soils. It will adapt to other soil types readily. Use in the woodland garden, along ponds or water gardens.

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Cultivars / Varieties:
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#full sun tolerant#heat tolerant#perennial#partial sun#moths#native perennial#piedmont#shade garden#spores#fern#riparian#stream banks#moist soil#food source#NC native#deer resistant#small and large mammals#native garden#mountains#forests#coastal plants#summer interest#marshes#native fern#larval host plant#fruits summer#forb#Coastal OBL#food source herbage#Piedmont Mountains FACW#sandy soils tolerant#loamy soils tolerant#clay soils tolerant#native#perennials#loam#moth larvae#partial shade tolerant#sandy soil#loamy soil#host#audubon#woodlands
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Thelypteris
    Species:
    palustris
    Family:
    Aspleniaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    North America, China, and Japan
    Distribution:
    AL , AR , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , NC , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , RI , SC , SD , TN , TX , VA , VT , WI , WV
    Wildlife Value:
    Only known host for the Marsh Fern Moth (Fagitana littera). Small mammals browse the foliage.
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Deer
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Fern
    Native Plant
    Perennial
    Habit/Form:
    Arching
    Erect
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Moist
    Occasionally Wet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Description:
    No fruits. This plants reproduces via spores.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Description:
    No flowers.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Fronds
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Lanceolate
    Leaf Margin:
    Lobed
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Fronds are erect to ascending with an elliptic to lanceolate form. Pinnate with lobed pinna the middle pinna are widest. The frond is 1-2.5 ft long and 4-7 inches across and has 10-40 pairs of leaflets. Sori 9spore bearing structure) are present on the undersides of the smaller fertile leaves.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Cream/Tan
    Green
    Purple/Lavender
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Surface:
    Hairy (pubescent)
    Stem Description:
    The stem is tan to purplish and hairless. The central stalk of the frond and the lateral stalks of the leaflets are finely pubescent on their lower sides.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Naturalized Area
    Pond
    Riparian
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Native Garden
    Rain Garden
    Shade Garden
    Water Garden
    Design Feature:
    Small groups
    Attracts:
    Moths
    Small Mammals
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Diseases
    Heat