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Marsh Fern 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.

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  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Thelypteris
    Species:
    palustris
    Family:
    Aspleniaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    North America, China, and Japan
    Wildlife Value:
    Only known host for the Marsh Fern Moth (Fagitana littera). Small mammals browse the foliage.
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Heavy shade, 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
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    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 Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    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
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Fronds with an elliptic to lanceloate form, pinnate with lobed pinna the middle pinna are widest. Petioles are green-yellow.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • 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
    Heat
    Heavy Shade
    Wet Soil