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The ferns are relatively low-growing and offer a soft touch to any garden. The frilly quality of the leaves is what makes them a beautiful addition to gardens. Their presence is also associated with things like mountain trails and shaded forests. Ferns are relatively easy to grow, so many people enjoy growing them in their gardens outside or even in pots inside rooms with sunny windows. Shield Ferns are a nice touch anywhere.
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Description: Southern Shield Fern - Thelypteris Kunthii Hardy Planting Zones- 7-10 Sun or Shade – Sun and Partial Shade Mature Height - 24-48" Mature Width- 12-48" Bloom Season – Non-flowering Gardener Status- Beginner
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    Shield Fern - Dryopteris carthusiana

     
     
    The Shield Fern is a perennial fern species found throughout eastern North America in damp and shady areas. It prefers soil that is moderately acid or circumneutral in cooler regions. Once established, Shield Ferns can be considerably drought-resistant. It is an evergreen fern that grows in clumps and bears a prominent and central rootstock. The leaves have a stripe which is the stem that supports the leaf. This stripe is about 1/4 the length of the leaf and is adorned with bright golden or brown scales. The stripe is grooved and grows in the upper side of the leaves. The leaves themselves are thick with a dark bluish green color and leathery texture.

     Although ferns are not particularly large plants, they can grow rapidly and therefore need special care if being grown in a pot. Similarly, most prefer evenly moist, well-drained soil. Any soil type that is heavy with clay or sand should be prepped with some compost or organic matter to create a better growing environment. Ferns are often used in landscaping - especially in shade gardens - to provide some green coloring. The ferns are relatively low-growing and offer a soft touch to any garden. The frilly quality of the leaves is what makes them a beautiful addition to gardens. Their presence is also associated with things like mountain trails and shaded forests. Ferns are relatively easy to grow, so many people enjoy growing them in their gardens outside or even in pots inside rooms with sunny windows. Shield Ferns are a nice touch anywhere.
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    1. Can go anywhere

      Does well on Mar 31st 2017

    2. Use as a border for sure

      Looks good for a border and is doing well on Mar 31st 2017

    3. Good plant

      It is a good plant to have. The fronds are full and it loves the shade. I have always had trouble getting other plants to grow in the shade but this one is like it is made for it. on Mar 31st 2017

    4. Had for almost 4 yrs

      I have had it almost 4 years and it is growing and thriving well. Better than expected. on Mar 29th 2017

    5. Use as a border for sure

      They are used along my border of my walkway to the house and they grow larger and larger every year. on Mar 28th 2017

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