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Dryopteris dilatata

Broad Buckler Fern
Polypodiaceae
Deciduous, Ferns, Semi-evergreen

DRYOPTERIS

This is one of the largest genera of ferns, with well over 100 species from many parts of the world. Use them in shade or woodland gardens, where their fronds contrast nicely with the foliage of other plants, especially large-leafed sorts such as hostas and hydrangeas.

Wood ferns grow best in rich soil with plenty of organic matter and regular moisture. They tolerate dry shade. As a rule, they are rather forgiving; a good choice for beginning gardeners. These plants are seldom bothered by deer or other pests.

Dryopteris dilatata

From western and central Europe. Usually deciduous. Vigorous grower to 3–4 ft. high and wide, with rich green fronds that are broadly triangular. Stalks and midribs are covered in dark brown scales. Adaptable and easy to grow.

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