Dryopteris ludoviciana

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A 9B 

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Southern Wood Fern


Plant Specifics

Size:1.5-2 ft tall by 1-2 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Habitats:Seep slopes, wet hammocks. Shady, moist to wet swamp forests and floodplains.


Recommended Uses:Groundcover for moist, shady areas. This is an attractive fern that can form large patches in the right habitat area.
Light: Part Shade,  Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely 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 Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil/Substrate:Organic material (muck), Sand