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The Leatherwood Fern, Dryopteris Marginalis is Easy To Grow
Leatherwood Fern, formally called Dryopteris marginalis, is a beautiful semi-evergreen fern with lovely dark green foliage. It is native to woodland areas of north-eastern North America and performs well in the sun but thrives well in moist and shady conditions. This elegant fern is perfect as a background in the garden.
The plant's fronds arise in a vase shape and rapidly tapers or reduce their thickness toward one end. The lance-shaped blade forms leathery green fronds arranged in a single-crowned clump. Mulch with two inches of leaves if necessary to keep crowns from drying out. Its foliage remains evergreen but is clipped back in late winter. The plant is not invasive, and others find them easy and reliable to grow. This fern looks attractive when placed in garden containers. Florists often use them since this plant is one of the best ferns for floral arrangements.
The plant's root has medicinal use since it contains 'filicin,' a substance that could paralyze tapeworms and other internal parasites. Harvesting the plant's roots is during autumn then dried for later use. Remember that the storage of its roots should no longer be over 12 months. Use with caution, and if possible, use it under the supervision of a qualified health practitioner.
Leatherwood Fern Retains Its Color During Winter
This easy-to-grow fern matures to bluish-green during midsummer, but its color and texture look good in all seasons and even retains its color during winter.
When you decide to grow a leatherwood fern, the best time to plant is from spring to fall. Plant this perennial a few inches apart in humus-rich and well-drained soil. Position the plant to make the taller ones at the center or background of the landscape design and put shorter ones in the foreground.
Leatherwood fern performs best in less than three hours of sunlight per day but can tolerate more. In caring for the plant, water the new plantings daily for a couple of weeks. Watering is adjusted to every two or three days, depending on the weather and if the soil becomes dry. For sandy soil, expect water more frequently as it does not hold moisture, unlike clay soil. Also, keep in mind not to plant the crowns not more than one to two inches deep since it could be fatal to them when it is too deep.
This fern's gracefulness and its beautiful shades enhance the garden with their shades of green. And when other plants are hard to thrive, leatherwood ferns are the easiest and the best plant to grow anywhere.