A dynamic fern changing foliage color in the spring and the fall.
Ferns - Hardy
partial to full shade, tolerating short periods of direct sun
moist, once establish somewhat drought tolerant
Soil & Site
humus rich, moist
The sori are bright red on the fertie frond.
The young fronds are glossy, coppery pink and the mature fronds are deep glossy green. The fronds are broad, triangular and bipinnate. Cold weather initiates the russet red fall color.
Reaches 18-36 inches tall with a spread of 18-24".
spores or division
The genus name Dryopteris (Greek) means "oak-fern". The fern is found many times growing in Oak forests. The species name felis-mas means male fern, probably because of its vigorous growth. For centuries an extract of this fern was used to control tapeworms. The chemicals filicin and filmarone found in the oil are toxic to the worms