Gymnocarpium dryopteris
Western Oak Fern

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DESCRIPTION
Western Oak Fern
Gymnocarpium dryopteris

This small, colony-forming, woodland fern is an excellent groundcover for moist, shaded places. The delicate, greenish-gold foliage is triangular and deeply divided for a delicate texture.  It looks beautiful planted with other woodland favorites such as; Trillium, Jack in the Pulpit, Jacob’s ladder and Bluebells.

BENEFITS
Delicate light green foliage brings light to shady places
Will form small colonies making a lovely groundcover
Easy to establish and maintain
Can tolerate the low temperatures of zone 3
Combines beautifully with spring wildflowers
NATIVE INFO

Native Range

Native to the Northern tier of the United States. Found in cool, moist woods in rocky, slightly acidic soil.

Interesting Facts

Ferns belong to a group of plants called featherplants or pteridophytes. They are among the world’s most ancient plants, found as fossils in rocks 400 million years old.

GROWING TIPS

Cut back old fronds in spring.

Mature Size: 1-2ft. Wide x 2-ft. Tall

Hardiness Zone: 3-8

Sun Exposure: Part Shade to Full Shade

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