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Woodwardia virginica

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
wood-WAR-dee-ah ver-JIN-ih-kah
This plant is an invasive species in North Carolina
Description

Does best in moist areas near a stream, pond or water garden; sun or shade; sandy to humus rich soil; spreads rapidly - can be invasive. 

Cultivars:
Tags:
#deciduous#invasive#water garden#shade tolerant#weedy#woodland garden#boggy#wetlands#wet sites#aggressive#ponds
Cultivars:
Tags:
#deciduous#invasive#water garden#shade tolerant#weedy#woodland garden#boggy#wetlands#wet sites#aggressive#ponds
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Woodwardia
    Species:
    virginica
    Family:
    Blechnaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    North America
    Distribution:
    Eastern United States and Canada
    Dimensions:
    Height: 2 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Fern
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Arching
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    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 Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Available Space To Plant:
    3 feet-6 feet
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Leathery
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Fronds
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Other/more complex
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Leaf Margin:
    Dentate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Lustrous, dark green, leathery fronds in a close mass; broadest in middle; pinnate-pinnatifid; alternating pairs of closely spaced pinnae; short blunt lobes; pinnule are narrow, point upward, and taper at both ends; rachis is dark purple brown below.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Green
    Purple/Lavender
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Pond
    Riparian
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Water Garden
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Wet Soil
    Problems:
    Invasive Species
    Weedy