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Wasowski, Sally and Andy
Dryopteris ludoviciana (Kunze) Small
Southern woodfern, Florida shieldfern
USDA Symbol: drlu
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
A good groundcover fern for Southeastern shade gardens with oppressively hot summers, high humidity, and heavy, saturated soils, this fern can grow to 4 feet high and as wide.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Fern Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Not Applicable
Bloom Notes: Not a flowering plant. Reproduces by spores.
, TX Native Distribution: Native
to Zone 8 Native Habitat:
Moist, humid woodlands of the Southeastern coastal plain
Growing ConditionsWater Use:
Medium , High Light Requirement:
Part Shade , Shade Soil Moisture:
Moist , Wet Soil pH:
Acidic (pH<6.8) Heat Tolerant:
Heavy, wet soils Conditions Comments:
Thrives in the high heat of the Southeast, as long as moisture is adequate. Though native
to Zone 8, is hardy from Zones 6 to 10.
BenefitUse Ornamental: Good groundcover foliage for shade in the hot Southeast
Interesting Foliage: yes
National Wetland Indicator Status
|Status:|| FACW || FACW |
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
Record Last Modified: 2013-09-09
Research By: DEW