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

What Southern Shield Fern brings to any garden is classic beauty with her shiny, patent-leather-like green foliage and upright growth habit reaching heights up to 4 feet and widths of 1 foot. Her vibrant aloe-like color is typical of ferns and as such offers an evergreen show in warmer areas. In cooler areas, Southern Shield is deciduous, dying back in the winter.

In these environments, her vivid green fans of foliage emerging from a bed of Vinca or Ivy in spring is a real show stopper. What Southern Shield will thank you for is loose, rich soil with moisture at its roots and protection from direct sun.

She is a southern girl, though and as such, will tolerate a great deal of drought. She forms clumping, and has a slow to moderate growth rate. Her creeping and branching habits make her a real lady in the garden, never invading an area you don't wish her to go. When you need height, vibrancy and movement, you'll want to consider Southern Shield.

Interesting Fact
"Ludoviciana" is the Latinized version of the word "Louisiana". This Dryopteris is native to swamps and wet woods from Florida to Texas and as far north as Kentucky and North Carolina.

Gardener Tips
You cannot go wrong placing Southern Shield in a bed of Vinca major Vinca major where the two colors offer such striking contrast that she appears like a green sunrise in springtime.
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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Ferns arrived as expected
06/09/2014 By Michael Sutton
Product reviewed: Southern Shield Fern {24 Pots - 3 1/2 in.}
All ferns arrived in small pots and were in good shape. All ferns are alive and growing nearly two months after planting. In addition, plants were about size expected, so that the order met all conditions as described. Read full review >
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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 ludoviciana
(AKA Aspidium ludovicianum, D. floridana, Nephrodium floridanum, Florida Shield Fern, Southern Wood Fern)
Pronunciation: dry-OP-ter-iss loo-doe-viss-see-AH-nah

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