Southern Shield Fern can even survive drought conditions when planted in shady areas.
As an herbaceous perennial, the Southern shield fern can extend your gardening season because it often stays green until December.
Hardy in USDA zones 6 to 9, it provides visual interest even during the winter months. That’s because the first freeze of the season turns the fronds into bronze to cinnamon-brown color. Once they’re entirely spent, cut the plants back so that new growth can emerge in the spring. In the summer, the Southern shield fern provides a fresh, fresh look, even in hot climates. Common names for this plant include regular shield fern, wood fern, and river fern.
This plant enjoys moist clay, limestone, loam or sand and pH-levels that are mildly alkaline, neutral or mildly acidic. Like most ferns, this variety likes organically amended the soil. Since it withstands poor drainage, it’s mainly at home in water gardens and wetland habitats.
Southern shield fern thrives in conditions that range from partial shade to full sun.
This fern multiplies freely via spores so that you can cultivate spacious areas in your garden quickly. You can propagate the fibrous roots effortlessly via division. The plants typically grow between 24 to 36 inches tall but can reach heights of up to 5 feet. Its lime to medium-green fronds arch gracefully and taper to a point. Foliage extends in all directions with clusters of stalks growing out from the rhizome. Because of these characteristics, the plants will add a subtle textural element to your garden. Native to the southeastern United States, this deciduous fern is quite adaptable. While it prospers under hot and humid conditions, it also handles harsh winter environments surprisingly well. It can even tolerate brief exposure to temperatures below 0 degrees Fahrenheit. For these reasons, it’s ideal even for novice gardeners.
Southern Shield Fern