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Dryopteris cycadina
Dryopteris cycadina
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Dryopteris cycadina

Shaggy Shield Fern

USDA Zone: 5-9

Plant number: 9.030.100

(=D. atrata) Also known as the Black Wood Fern, this forms a medium-sized clump of light green fronds, the stems covered in tiny black scales. The appearance is stiff and leathery, with an arching habit. Plants are clumping in habit, and well suited to use in any moist, shady situation. Also useful in tubs or mixed containers, combining beautifully with other shade-loving plants, such as Hostas or Hellebores. Evergreen in mild winter regions, but the old fronds can be trimmed in spring if they look untidy. Mulch around the plants with dead leaves in the fall, to help conserve moisture in summer.

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Dryopteris cycadina

Optimal Growing
Appearance and
Sun Exposure
  Partial Shade or
  Full Shade
Soil Type
  Sandy or
Soil pH
  Neutral or
  Alkaline or
Soil Moisture
  Average or
Care Level
Flower Colour
Blooming Time
Foliage Color
  Light Green
Plant Uses & Characteristics
  Accent: Good Texture/Form
  Alpine & Rock
  Attracts Butterflies
  Cut Flower
  Deer Resistant
  Rabbit Resistant
   30-75 cm
   12-29 inches
   45-60 cm
   18-23 inches
Foot Traffic
Growth Rate