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Brilliance Autumn Fern

SKU: AM014956
per Plant - 3" Pot
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In the shade garden, there are few plants as versatile and dependable as 'Brilliance' Autumn Fern. Lush and semi-evergreen in many climates, each sturdy, wide frond unfurls in shades of burnished copper, holding onto that color for weeks on end. Award-winning 'Brilliance' Autumn Fern is a staple in designer gardens and responds vigorously to rich, moist soils. (Dryopteris erythrosora)
key features
Botanical Name
Dryopteris erythrosora Brilliance
Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Groundcover, Cut Flowers, Striking Foliage, Autumn Interest
Growing Zones
Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9
Light Requirements
Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade
Soil Moisture
Moist / Wet
Mature Height
12-24" tall
Mature Spread
18-30" wide
Bloom Time
Foliage plant all season


Gardeners who plant ‘Brilliance’ Autumn Fern will find that the sturdy fronds stand up to all but the harshest ice storm, providing green when we need it most. Winner of the prestigious Royal Horticultural Society Award-winner, this evergreen fern unfurls bronze-colored fronds in spring and sports particularly bright orange-red ripe spores on the undersides of the leaves in autumn. In early spring, cut away the old foliage to reveal new fronds emerging in extraordinary shades of coppery pink. Though it can stand on its own with grace, it provides a fantastic backdrop to shade plants such as Variegated Solomon’s Seal and Blue Brunnera. Autumn Fern is easy to grow in rich, moist, cool soil in full shade to part shade locations. It can grow in full sun with plenty of moisture. It is tolerant of dry shade, and drought tolerant once established. It benefits from regular moisture in its first season, and from an annual dressing of compost or mulch.