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Marginal Woodfern

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

Zones 3 - 8
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Native
Native
Winter Interest
Winter Interest
Multiplies / Naturalizes
Multiplies / Naturalizes
Light Requirements
Half Sun / Half Shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
Full Shade
Full Shade
Mature Plant Size 18-24" tall, 18-24" wide
Bloom Time Foliage plant all summer
SKU 16FERNG

Plant Information

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.

Associated SKUs
16FERNG
16FFERN3 (Bag of 3)
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 Time 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 Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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

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American MeadowsMarginal Woodfern
 
3.0

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4.0

yes

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from Moseley Va.

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Pros

  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • Hardy
  • Healthy

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Outdoors

    Comments about American Meadows Marginal Woodfern:

    great for shaded areas

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    • Personal

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Planted Ferns

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    from Philadelphia, PA

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        Best Uses

        • Outdoors

        Comments about American Meadows Marginal Woodfern:

        Last year (Aug 2015) I ordered, received and planted 3 maidenhair and 3 marginal woodffern per planting instuctions, i.e., plant root up 1 inch below soil line. I live in Philadelphia, PA. It is now Aapril 24, 2016. I do not know if the roots died over the winter or am I being inpatient, because they have not appeared. The other items I purchased worked out fine.

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        • Personal

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        4.0

        Woodfern growing well

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        from northern va

        Pros

        • Combines well with hosta
        • Great for midlevel plant

        Cons

        • Plant root in ground

        Best Uses

        • Moist areas
        • Shade Garden
        • Soil conservation

        Comments about American Meadows 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
        others.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Marginal is right!

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        from Hanley Falls, MN

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        Comments about American Meadows Marginal Woodfern:

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

         
        3.0

        may be ok

        By 

        from Northern Virginia

        Pros

        • They were easy to plant

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about American Meadows 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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            To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

            • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
            • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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