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Dryopteris cristata

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Common Name: Crested Woodfern, Crested Shield-Fern, Buckler Fern, Narrow Swamp Fern

10-28 inches tall by 8-22 inches spread. Full sun to shade; wet moisture level; rich, mucky soils; acidic pH.

Maintenance: Low

Foliage: Not fully evergreen because only the sterile fronds remain green all winter.

Growth/Colonizing Habit: Spreads by rhizomes

Native Region: Only occurs in 3 counties – Johnson, Carter and Sullivan

Designated a “Threatened Species” in Tennessee. Only occurs in wetlands, typically in wet woods and open, shrubby wetlands.

Crested Woodfern, Crested Shield-Fern, Buckler Fern, Narrow Swamp Fern - Dryopteris cristata
Photo Courtesy of Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center http://www.wildflower.org/