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.
Header Photo: Mervin Wallace
Marginal Shield Fern
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