Crested woodfern, Crested wood fern, Buckler fern
Dryopteridaceae (Wood Fern Family)
Alder, Michael G.
The narrowly oval
and twice pinnate
fronds of crested wood fern
spring in loose clusters. The 12-36 in. fertile fronds are larger than the infertile ones and only the latter are evergreen.
is not fully evergreen
as the fertile fronds become relaxed at the base and fall over, although the sterile fronds remain green through the winter. (Ferns of Grey and Bruce Counties)
Image Gallery: 1 photo(s) available
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb
, Fern Leaf Retention: Evergreen Leaf:
Dark Green Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Not Applicable
Bloom Notes: Not a flowering plant. Reproduces by spores.
, DC Canada: NB
, PE Native Distribution:
Nf. to Sask., s. to NC, TN,
n. IL, IA
& n. ID Native Habitat:
Wet woods; swampy thickets
Growing ConditionsWater Use:
High Light Requirement:
Sun , Part Shade , Shade Soil Moisture:
Moist Soil pH:
Acidic (pH<6.8) CaCO3 Tolerance:
High Soil Description:
Mucky, moderately acid soils. Conditions Comments:
Though this fern
prefers wet sites, it will tolerate much less moisture. Requires very little care.