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Ferns

Type Botanical Name Native Common Name Description Height Light Req. Zone Add to My List
Fern ADIANTUM pedatum Maidenhair Fern

Our lovely native Maidenhair fern of delicate form and texture.

12-14 inches Part Shade/Shade 4
Fern ADIANTUM venustum Himalayan Maidenhair Fern

Dwarf fern with triangular arching fronds on black stems. Easy to grow, it spreads slowly to make a lovely colony.

8-10 inches Part Shade/Shade 4
Fern ASPLENIUM scolopendrium Hart's Tongue Fern

An evergreen fern with arching, leathery “tongue”-shaped foliage.

12-18 inches Part Shade/Shade 5
Fern ATHYRIUM filix-femina ‘Minutissima’ Dwarf Lady Fern

Dwarf form of Lady Fern, only 6-12” tall and wide. Typical lacy green foliage.

6-12 inches Part Shade/Shade
Fern ATHYRIUM filix-femina ‘Victoriae’ Lady Fern

Narrow fronds with a distinctive crossing pattern formed by the pinnae.

2-3 feet Part Shade/Shade 4
Fern ATHYRIUM ‘Ghost’ Painted Fern

A cross of Lady Fern and Japanese Painted Fern, clump-forming and upright with silvery gray foliage. Can tolerate dry shade conditions.

22-24 inches Part Shade/Shade 4
Fern ATHYRIUM ‘Godzilla’ Japanese Painted Fern

Like A. ‘Pictum on steroids!  Discovered at Plant Delights Nursery, it forms a massive arching clump of silvery foliage.

36 inches Part Shade/Shade 4
Fern ATHYRIUM ‘Lady in Red’ Lady Fern

Easy to grow lady fern with brilliant burgundy stipes.

30-36 inches Part Shade/Shade 4
Fern Athyrium niponicum ‘Godzilla’ Painted Fern

Larger in all its parts than A. ‘Pictum’ with the same beautiful markings.

36-42" Part Shade/Shade 3
Fern ATHYRIUM nipponicum ‘Applecourt’ Japanese Painted Fern

Lush silver foliage with crested fronds.

12-18 inches Part Shade/Shade 4
Fern ATHYRIUM nipponicum ‘Pictum’ Japanese Painted Fern

Fronds mottled with silver, red and green.

22-24 inches Part Shade/Shade 4
Fern ATHYRIUM nipponicum ‘Red Beauty’ Japanese Painted Fern

Fronds mottled silver, red and green with contrasting red stems. 

12-18 inches Part Shade/Shade
Fern ATHYRIUM nipponicum ‘Silver Falls’ Japanese Painted Fern

Long, arching, silver fronds veined in red-purple.  

12-18 inches Part Shade/Shade
Fern Athyrium nipponicum var. pictim ‘Metallicum’ Japanese Painted Fern

Silvery-grey fronds, almost metallic with burgundy and green highlights.

12-24 inches Part Shade/Shade 4
Fern Dennstaedtia punctilobula Hay-scented Fern

Spreading to create an emerald green ground cover. the fronds release the scent of new mown hay when crushed.

18-24 inches Part Shade/Shade 3
Fern DRYOPTERIS affinis ‘Cristata the King’’ Crested Male Fern

Gracefully arched fronds curled at the tips. Very handsome.

36-42 inches Part Shade/Shade 3
Fern DRYOPTERIS crassirhizoma Thick-Stemmed Wood Fern

Large fronds from a large crown form a striking vase shape. Good plant for shade focal point. Semi-evergreen.

30-36 inches Part Shade/Shade 5
Fern DRYOPTERIS dilatata ‘Jimmy Dyce’ Upright Broad Buckler Fern

Upright and arching to 2′ with rich green ruffled fronds.

22-24 inches Part Shade/Shade
Fern DRYOPTERIS erythrosora ‘Brilliance’ Autumn Fern

Coppery new growth, green in summer, then red in fall.  Fronds are arching to 2 feet and semi-evergreen in the north.

28-30 inches Part Shade/Shade 5
Fern DRYOPTERIS goldiana Goldie’s Fern

A bold, fast-growing fern with large, triangular fronds.

3-4 feet Part Shade/Shade 3
Fern MATTEUCCIA struthiopteris Ostrich Fern

Large-growing native “fiddle head”. Likes moist places along edge of woods.

3-4 feet Part Shade/Shade 3
Annual NEPHROLEPSIS exaltata ‘Emerald Vase’ Emerald Vase Boston Fern

A dwarf upright Boston fern with very frilly green foliage.

12-15 inches Part Shade/Shade Tropical
Annual NEPHROLEPSIS exaltata ‘Tiger’ Boston Fern

A Boston fern with dark green foliage streaked with chartreuse.

16-18 inches Part Shade/Shade Tropical
Fern OSMUNDA cinnamomea Cinnamon Fern

A large-growing fern with cinnamon-colored fertile fronds.

2-4 feet Part Shade/Shade 3
Fern OSMUNDA regalis Royal Fern

Huge graceful fronds with widely spaced segments. Grows along water.

2-4 feet Part Shade/Shade 3
Fern POLYSTICHUM acrostichoides Christmas Fern

A native, evergreen, very adaptable fern. Attractive once pinnate fronds.

28-30 inches Part Shade/Shade 3
Annual PTERIS cretica ‘Albo-lineata’ Variegated Brake Fern

Small, delicate fern with gray-green margins on silver fronds.

18-24 inches Part Shade/Shade Tropical
Fern Thelypteris novaboracensis New York Fern

Soft, finely textured fern crows in clumps but can multiply quickly forming dense colonies.

12-24 inches Part Shade/Shade 3