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Dryopteris arguta

  • Common Name
    Wood Fern
  • CA Native
    California Native
  • Plant Type
    Fern
  • Size
    1' - 2'
  • Flower Color
    None
  • Bloom Time
    N / A
  • Leaves
    Bright Green & Lacy
  • Evergreen
    Evergreen
  • Deer Resistant
    Seldom Damaged
  • Wildlife Value
    N / A
  • Growth Rate
    Moderate
  • Hardiness
    Hardy
  • Adverse Growth Factors
    None
  • Special Features
    • Good Under Oaks
    • Low Maintenance
  • Water Use
    • Low
  • Soil pH
    6.5-7.5 (neutral)
  • Exposure
    • Partial Shade
    • Shade
  • Soil Type
    Not Particular
  • Drainage
    Good Drainage
  • Description and Cultural Plant Tips

    Dryopteris arguta is a native California ferns that grows in native oak forests and  on the north side of hills. It is smaller & lacier than the Western Sword Fern. Does best in a naturalized garden under oak trees. It is considered drought tolerant when established.

    Although this plant will grow in most soils it does best in a loamy soi with a good layer of much to retain soil moisturel. Plant in dappled shade throughout Marin county.

    No significant pest but can develop rust & fungal spot if there is too much summer moisture. Do not use overhead watering.

  • Master Gardener Comments
    N / A
  • Varietals
    N / A