- Wood Fern (Buckler Fern)-Thelypteris kunthii Hardy Planting Zones- 3-8 Sun or Shade – Partial-Full Shade Mature Height - 2-5' Mature Width- 8-12" Bloom Season – n/a Gardener Status- Beginner
Dryopteris expansa, Spreading Wood Fern
Spreading Wood Fern is a familiar lush ground cover
This type fern is excellent to use in flower gardens as a ground cover. It's also excellent to plant in swampy areas to clean stagnant water areas and also prevent mosquitoes. It's a superb fern to plant for native plantings and restoration projects because of it's ability to live in rich or poor soil and does not need a lot of water. Ample rainfall and the moisture from the ground's water table promotes the spreading wood ferns to flourish where ever it's planted. This fern has many advantages to be appreciated like the simple decor of planting in a hanging pot or a shaded area under other trees. Other benefits include the loving characteristic of being able to sustain in low temperatures and appear to be most graceful and beautiful to all that view it. Though its uniqueness is not like other plants, they do not bloom and remain a greenish color.
Spreading Wood Fern is native to the more temperate regions of North America, Asia, and Europe
It is very likely to keep green coloring during the winter months, but it is not considered an evergreen plant. Ranging from swamps to wet areas, this is a super good fern to plant in those places where other standard varieties of ferns will not grow. It's accessible to plants, easy to grow and doe does not require a lot of skill and special care due to it being a native wild-type fern.The scientific name for wood fern is Dryopteris. This plant is a tough, adaptable medium size plant with a bold texture. The plant is also known to be called a shield fern or buckler fern. Just as with other plants this fern has a set of standards for it to grow at its best and some of these includes the moist and fertile soil needed. This blooming plant is perfect in the winter with pointy like leaves that start broad at the base and narrow as they reach the tip of the leaf.