Easy to cultivate and well-behaved, Dryopteris marginalis (Marginal Wood Fern) is a vase shaped, evergreen fern forming a rosette of ascending to arching, lanceolate-ovate, bipinnate-pinnatifid fronds. Leathery and blue-green, the fronds feature 12-20 pairs of leaflets along their rachises. Broad, up to 10 in. wide (25 cm), the fronds are usually 15-20 in. long (37-50 cm), however, they can reach 3 ft. (90 cm). The sori (fruit dots) are prominent at the edges or margins of the blade undersides. In spring, golden brown and furry fiddleheads arise in vase-like circles from the rootstock. The rhizome tends to form a large, dramatic, single-crowned specimen. Marginal Wood Fern does not spread by runners and never becomes aggressive.
Height: 18 - 24"
Spread: 12 - 24"
Exposure: Part Sun (4 to 6 Hours) or Full Shade (Up to 4 hours)