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Southern Wood Fern

Graceful fronds arch up and outward. Excellent as a ground cover in shady areas and as a background for shade-loving flowering plants. Combine with hosta, cimicifuga and tricyrtis for a delightful blend of textures. Grows best in humus-rich soil with good drainage.

Companion Plants

Coral Bells

False Spirea


Plant Details

  • Common name

    Southern Wood Fern

  • Botanical name

    Dryopteris normalis

  • Variety


  • Zone

    USDA Zone 8 (10°F) to USDA Zone 10 (30°F).

  • Light

    Part sun

  • Height

    24-40" (61-102 cm)

  • Habit


  • Feed

    Use all-purpose

  • Water

    Weekly during dry spells

  • Bloom Time

    No Bloom

  • Maintenance

    Mulch to reduce weeds

This plant also belongs to the following collections:

  • Georgia C.'s collection