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Phegopteris hexagonoptera (Thelypteris hexagonoptera)

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Common Name: Broad Fern, Southern Beech Fern, Broad Beech Fern

1½-2 feet tall by 1½-2 feet spread. Prefers dappled sunlight to medium shade; medium to moderately dry moisture level; rich soil with an abundance of organic matter; moderately acid pH.

Maintenance: Low

Growth/Colonizing Habit: Spreads by creeping rhizomes and can become somewhat aggressive in optimal growing conditions. Propagate by rhizome division.

Foliage: Deciduous

Native Region: Statewide

An attractive, urn-shaped fern that features broad, triangular, arching fronds on top of sturdy, thin, black stems. Fronds occur singly along a creeping rhizome. Adapts well to virtually any partially shaded woodland garden. Prefers light shade but can be found in sunny open areas with dry or semi-moist soil. Dies back if it receives too much sun. Occurs naturally in moist, undisturbed, hardwood forests.

Broad Fern, Southern Beech Fern, Broad Beech Fern - Phegopteris hexagonoptera (Thelypteris hexagonoptera) 2
Photo Courtesy of Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center http://www.wildflower.org/