Dryopteris marginalis (Marginal Wood Fern)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

Found* in woodlands and on rocky slopes and ledges, evergreen Marginal Wood Fern provides year round interest. It is monomorphic so its fronds are virtually the same size and shape, whether or not their undersides bear sori, the spore-producing receptacles. Sori placement along the pinnule margins give rise to the species epithet and common name.

*It is native to DC and the western parts of MD. In DE, it is uncommon in the Piedmont and extremely rare in the Coastal Plain. It is scattered throughout PA. In VA, it is common in the mountains and inner Piedmont, infrequent in the outer Piedmont, and rare in the Coastal Plain.

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Hardiness: USDA Zones 3–8

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