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Marginal Woodfern

A particularly handsome evergreen fern with rich blue-green color. Makes an elegant display. (Dryopteris marginalis)

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Bag of 3 16FFERN3

Price: $16.95

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Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Plant Size: 18-24" tall, 18-24" wide
Light: Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade
Bloom Time: Foliage plant all summer
Shipping: Shipping begins in September based on ground temperatures, coldest zones first.

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Marginal Woodfern, Dryopteris marginalis, Marginal Woodfern
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Common Name Marginal Woodfern
Botanical Name Dryopteris marginalis
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade
Mature Height 18-24" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 18-24" wide
Bloom Time Foliage plant all summer
Planting Depth Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Ships As Bare Root
Foliage Evergreen fronds, with a rich bluegreen color
Native Yes
Planting Season Fall
Soil Type Loamy Soil, Acidic Soil, Moist/Wet Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Moist/Wet, Well Draining
Advantages Deer Resistant, Native, Winter Interest, Multiplies / Naturalizes
Ships to Canada No
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The Woodfern group is particularly useful to gardeners for two reasons. First, like Christmas Fern, this somewhat larger species (to 30") has evergreen fronds, with a rich blue-green color and ample substance to make them last right through frosts.

Secondly, the plant creates a particularly elegant effect, since unlike others, this ferns fronds rise like a bouquet from a small exposed rootstock that serves as a small trunk for the plant, which is formed more like a small tree fern or palm tree. Best of all, this one is not at all picky about soil, perfectly happy in any woodsy soil, acid or alkaline.

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Woodfern growing well


from northern va


  • Combines well with hosta
  • Great for midlevel plant


  • Plant root in ground

Best Uses

  • Moist areas
  • Shade Garden
  • Soil conservation

Comments about Marginal Woodfern:

I bought several roots in the fall. Half I planted
in the ground the other's I put in a pot. The ones
planted in the ground are doing very well. The ones
in the pot are coming up but not as strong as the


Marginal is right!


from Hanley Falls, MN

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Comments about Marginal Woodfern:

None of the ferns I planted last fall came up this spring.


may be ok


from Northern Virginia


  • They were easy to plant


    Best Uses

      Comments about Marginal Woodfern:

      Not sure about planting instructions - I planted them at correct depth. two have started to grow fronds. One I have not been able to find eventhough I did mark where I planted it. It may have died during winter:-(

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      How-To Guides

      Shipping begins in September based on ground temperatures, coldest zones first.

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      As soon as your order is placed you will receive a confirmation email. You will receive a second email the day your order ships telling you how it has been sent. Fall bulbs are shipped at the proper planting time for your hardiness zone. Perennial orders may arrive separately from bulbs and seeds. If your order requires more than one shipment, there is no additional shipping charge. See our Shipping Information page for approximate ship dates and more detailed information. If you need express shipping or have any questions, please call Customer Service toll-free at (877) 270-5187 or Contact Us by email.

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