Crested Shield Fern
Crested Shield Fern can grow up to 48 inches tall and larger in rainforests and tropical climates. This fern looks good planted among other plants that have color because this plant is only green and will last year round until heavy winter and frost appears then it will turn dark brown and die out. This fern provides lots of green foliage. Crested Shield Fern was also known as Thelypteris Cristata. It thrives best when planted in hardy planting zones 5-8. Growth for this fern can be up to 4 feet. With many different fronds and different sections, this fern looks very different than other ferns. It has many veins and leaves. The leaves have a leathery texture to them. They are also all parallel to the ground which is typically not a normal characteristics of a fern. They all come off from the main central stem. Each stem can have up to 20-30 different sections per stem. This fern overall looks like a shield and looks very distinct. The sterile leaves are evergreen whereas the fertile leaves will die back in the winter. On the underside of the leaf are the spore dots. They are round in shape and are lined up in two rows. It also has fiddleheads that will emerge in the spring. These are light green in color and are covered in tan scales that look papery. Grow it in shade for the best look. In its native habitat, it can often be found in very wet areas. It can be found in wet meadows or swamps that are located in forests.
Ships As – Bareroot Plant