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Dryopteris ludoviciana

Southern Shield Fern

Dryopteris ludovichiana - Southern Shield Fern - is evergreen to semi-evergreen, evergreen in frost free areas.  Triangular, fronds are glossy, dark green in maturity.  Fronds, erect and arching can reach 24" long.  Vase shaped clumps creep and expand slowly by short rhizomes.  Thrives in rich, moist, acidic soil in part sun to shade.  Southern Shield Fern will grow in average, medium to wet soil.  Tolerates drought once established.  Use for ground cover, borders, edges, accents, large planting in shade gardens and woodland gardens.  Mature height 24"-48", spread 24"-36"

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  • Part Shade to Shade
  • Evergreen to semi-evergreen in colder climates
  • Native to zone 8 in lower Southern States
  • Found in Louisiana growing on the swamp banks
  • Fronds triangular and arching
  • Vase shaped clumps creep slowly by rhizomes
  • Adapts to dry soil once established
  • Height: 24-48 Inches
  • Spread: 18-24 Inches
  • Hardiness Zone: 6/7-9
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Characteristics & Attributes

Exposure
Full Shade
Partial Sun
Attributes
Ground Cover
Border or Bed
Native
Low Maintenance
Mass Planting
Evergreen
Water's Edge / Bog Plant
Edging
Naturalizing
Woodland Garden
Heat Tolerant
Foliage Color
Dark Green
Habit
Clumping
Creeping
Upright
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Fall
Winter
Summer
Spring
Soil Moisture
Average Water
Moist, Well-Drained
Wet Soil/Bog
Southern Shield Fern Dryopteris ludoviciana from Classic Groundcovers