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Thelypteris noveboracensis

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Common Name: New York Fern, Tapering Fern

1-2 feet tall by 1-2 feet spread. Dappled shade to medium shade; medium to moderately dry moisture level; humus-rich or rocky soil; mildly acidic to neutral pH.

Maintenance: Medium

Growth/Colonizing Habit: Creeping rootstocks send up fronds, sometimes forming a dense groundcover. Can spread quite rapidly. Dense colonies can crowd out other plants, although the species seems to be less aggressive in its southern ranges. Drier soil will slow the spread. Can divide and separate if it becomes too aggressive.

Foliage: Deciduous

Native Region: Statewide

Attractive, yellow-green, soft fern with twice cut, thin foliage that gives a rather fine texture and translucent quality to the plant. Place in a location protected from prevailing winds. Occurs naturally in moist or dry, humus-rich deciduous forests, especially near swamps, streams or vernal seeps of ravines, often in slightly disturbed secondary forests.

New York Fern, Tapering Fern - Thelypteris noveboracensis 3
Photo Courtesy of John Hilty http://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/
New York Fern, Tapering Fern - Thelypteris noveboracensis 2
Photo Courtesy of John Hilty http://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/
New York Fern, Tapering Fern - Thelypteris noveboracensis
Photo Courtesy of Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center http://www.wildflower.org/