Dryopteris erythrosora

Autumn Fern
DRYOPTERIDACEAE, The Wood Fern family
Also know as Japanese Shield Fern

I find most ferns lovable, but this one is my favorite right now. It’s so useful in landscaping because of its neat habit and seasonal interest. It has strong stems, kind of like a bracken fern, and a bronze cast to the new leaves, turns green in summer then a rusty red-orange in fall. I even like its botanical name, which has an earthy, crunching through leaves in the woods sound. It grows in full or partial shade, and needs average water for a fern (which is to say, regular supplemental moisture during dry spells). It grow to about 2 feet tall and wide. It is native to China and Japan, and is hardy in zones 5 to 8.

About Mulysa

I love my work as a landscape designer and artist. When I'm not planning homesteads or working in the studio, you'll find me hiking, photographing, gardening, baking, cooking vegetarian meals with friends, reading and working on sustainability issues...with my baby on my hip in Portland, Oregon.
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