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Southern Shield Fern

Showy, leathery fronds can reach dramatic heights and provide a lush foliage accent in the garden. Lovely as filler in bouquets. Excellent as a ground cover in shady areas and as a background for shade-loving flowering plants such as toadlily and turtlehead, hosta and wild ginger. Prefers humus-rich soil.

Companion Plants

Coral Bells

Creeping Jenny

False Spirea

Plant Details

  • Common name

    Southern Shield Fern

  • Botanical name

    Dryopteris ludoviciana

  • Variety


  • Zone

    USDA Zone 4 (-30°F) to USDA Zone 9 (20°F).

  • Light

    Part sun

  • Height

    24-36" (61-91 cm)

  • Habit


  • Feed

    In spring

  • Water


  • Bloom Time

    No Bloom

  • Maintenance

    Mulch to reduce weeds

This plant also belongs to the following collections:

  • Candy S.'s collection