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Woodsia obtusa

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WOOD-see-ah ob-TOO-sah
Description

Woodsia obtusa 

Easy to grow; slow creeping, compact rhizome with tan scales and dark streaks.

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#deciduous#small spaces#deep shade#shade tolerant#lacy leaves#fern#creeping#deer resistant#naturalizes#woodlands
 
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Tags:
#deciduous#small spaces#deep shade#shade tolerant#lacy leaves#fern#creeping#deer resistant#naturalizes#woodlands
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Woodsia
    Species:
    obtusa
    Family:
    Woodsiaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Heavy shade, Deer
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 5 in. - 1 ft. 6 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 1 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Fern
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Ascending
    Creeping
    Erect
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    Low
    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 pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Available Space To Plant:
    Less than 12 inches
    12 inches-3 feet
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6b, 6a, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10b, 10a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Description:
    No fruits. This plants reproduces via spores.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Description:
    No flowers.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Fronds
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Other/more complex
    Leaf Shape:
    Oblanceolate
    Oblong
    Leaf Margin:
    Denticulate
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Description:
    Lacy, narrowly oblong, gray-green fronds have many glands and hairs on both surfaces; bipinnate-pinnatifid erect fronds; nearly opposite pinna are widely spaced; bluntly lobed pinnules; rounded sori surrounded by ragged indusia are borne on tips of veins of pinnules; stipe is dark orange at base and yellow above; produces new fronds throughout growing season.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Orange
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Naturalized Area
    Small Space
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Native Garden
    Shade Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Heavy Shade