Close up of a dryopteris spinulosa (Tooth Wood Fern) leaf.

Dryopteris spinulosa (Tooth Wood Fern) Unity Grown

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Dryopteris carthusiana, previously referred to as Dryopteris spinulosa and also referred to as tooth wood fern or spinulose wood fern, is a low-maintenance, semi-evergreen native fern found growing naturally in wet woods in full or part shade to about 2-3' tall and wide. Noted for its showy fronds, the leaves are more intricate and lacy than many other ferns providing elegance and texture to the woodland garden.

Tooth wood fern prefers medium moist, well drained soils, and especially soils with some loam, humus, and acidity. Dryopteris spinulosa benefits from some wind protection, as its lacy fronds are susceptible to tearing, but is resistant to heavy shade, rabbit damage, and some deer damage. Ferns are an important host plant for a number of butterfly and moth larvae, and can act as important seasonal shelter for small mammals and amphibians.

Native to U.S., Native to Maryland, Native to Eastern Shore, and Straight Species
Mature Plant Height:Short: 12-29" and Medium: 30-48"
Full Shade (less than 4 hours of sun) and Part Shade/Sun (4-6 hours of sun)
Soil Moisture: Medium and Well-drained
Soil Type: Acidic and Rich Organic Matter
Foliage Color: Green
Features: Groundcover, Host Plant for Butterflies or Moths, and Fall Color
Tolerances: Rabbit Tolerant, Deer Tolerant, and Shade Tolerant
Garden Type: Woodland Garden and Small Space

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