Dryopteris ludoviciana

Southern Wood Fern

Dryopteridaceae

Plant Specifics

Form:Fern
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:NA
Fruit Color:NA
Phenology:Evergreen
Noted for:Interesting foliage

Landscaping

Recommended Uses:Groundcover for moist, shady areas. This is an attractive fern that can form large patches in the right habitat area.
Propagation:Division
Availability:Friends, Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales
Light: Part Shade,  Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Stays Wet ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry)
Moisture Tolerance: Stays Wet ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Organic material (muck), Sand
Soil pH:Acid to neutral

Ecology

Wildlife:
Insects:
Native Habitats:Seep slopes, wet hammocks. Shady, moist to wet swamp forests and floodplains.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

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