Native Plant Database

Header Photo: Mervin Wallace

Marginal Shield Fern

Dryopteris marginalis
Plant Type: Ferns
Native Environment:
Season of Interest:
Main Color: Green
Fall Color:
Hardy From Zone: 3
Hardy To Zone: 8

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Hardiness Zones

Midwest map of zones 5 (north), 6, and 7 (south)

as defined by the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map; (hardiness zones are not recorded for all Grow Native! plants)
Marginal shield fern
Photo: Courtesy of MDC
Sun Exposure 
Soil
Moisture
Moderate
Nature Attracting
Wildlife Benefit
Cover
Animal
Resistance
Size

Height:

2 to
3
feet

Spread:

2 to
3
feet
Size
Height: 2 to
3
feet
Spread: 2 to
3
feet
Size
Height: 2 to
3
feet
Spread: 2 to
3
feet
Typical Landscape Use
A great plant to add texture to a woodland or shady area.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Shade-partial shade, adapts well to many soil types, prefers some moisture.
Special Features
Special Usage
Fresh Cut Flower, Ground Cover
Basic Description

A beautiful and easy native fern to grow, forming 2-3′ vase-shaped mounds that are often evergreen in protected areas. Fronds are strong and have attractive brown scales at their base. Also called Leatherwood fern. Shade tolerant and adaptable to many soil types.

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