Japanese Shield Fern {24 Pots - 3 1/2 in.}

Imagine the flickering flames of a fireplace or the copper blaze of a campfire, and you have the perfect picture of Japanese Shield Fern when her fronds first emerge. Lovely pumpkin-bronze fronds (11-28 inches tall and 5-14 inches broad) explode from the ground and when mature, turn a gratifying green hue.

Evergreen in mild climates, Japanese Shield Fern is a dwarf fern, excellent for borders and mass plantings where she is happy to control erosion. With her slow to moderate growth rate, she tolerates drought drought, but prefers well drained, moist humus-rich acidic soil.

You should know she will not tolerate heat or mid- to late-day sun, though morning sun is alright. Additionally, she will not put up with soil that is poorly draining, or packed hard. She will perform famously if planted in light, woodland shade on low mountains or hills. Japanese Shield Fern boasts bipinnate fronds with 8-20 pairs of pinnae.

In an otherwise shaded environment, Japanese Shield Fern becomes a lovely glow of warm rusty color shifting to a glimmering green later in season making her a true center-piece of any garden. Dryopteris erythrosora is a species of fern native to eastern Asia from China and Japan to the Philippines.

Things to Note
If you live in a city where automobile pollution is high, you should not consider Japanese Shield Fern.

Gardener Tips
Consider planting Japanese Shield Fern with clumps of Black Mondo Grass and August Moon Hosta for striking diversity in color resulting in a perennial shade rainbow. You will adore the results.
General information about Ferns:
When gardeners and landscape designers are looking for a dramatic, vibrant spray of color and foliage, they will often consider ferns for their project. In addition to sweeping texture and lush greenery, ferns work wonderfully as independent or companion perennials.

Perfect in mass plantings where they create the feeling of a field of grass swaying gently in soft breezes, ferns are also delightful as borders where they stand like shapely chartreuse soldiers at the edges of garden beds. Then again, when used as accents, in single plantings, or clusters amidst a rock garden, you have a moving work of willowy art.

But what to choose? You’ll be pleased to know that after more than 40 years of experimenting with various ferns, we have compiled a selection of the easiest to grow and hardiest ferns.Essentially, we’ve narrowed the list down for you, so you can select from our varieties with confidence. A bonus with our ferns is that all, except Japanese Painted Fern and Japanese Shield Fern are native to the United States.

Our ferns generally thrive in part shade and full shade. Have a full sun location? Southern Shield Fern even tolerates full sun! You will love the hardiness of our ferns as all of them are tolerant of drought and most are rarely eaten by deer.

Selections like Christmas Fern are wonderful erosion control options. With some ferns being evergreen and some semi-evergreen, you are sure to find the option that works wonderfully for your garden. Be sure to check each plant's Description tab for details.

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Performs best in well-drained (but moist) soil with added organic compost or peat moss. Best not to allow soil to dry out.
Will tolerate sun if given enough moisture.
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Dryopteris erythrosora
(AKA Aspidium e., D. bulligera, D. distantipinna, D. linyingensis, D. oblongipinnula, Japanese Wood Fern, Autumn Fern)
Pronunciation: dry-OP-ter-iss er-ith-roe-SOR-ah

$136.08 for 1 pack of 24 plants ($5.67 per plant)
10-41 packs - $119.28 per pack ($4.97 per plant)
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Temporarily out of stock. Expected 05/05/2014.
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