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Wasowski, Sally and Andy
Dryopteris ludoviciana (Kunze) Small
Southern woodfern, Florida shieldfern
USDA Symbol: drlu
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
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.
AL , AR , FL , GA , LA , MS , NC , SC , TX Native Distribution: Native
to Zone 8 Native Habitat:
Moist, humid woodlands of the Southeastern coastal plain USDA Native Status: L48(N)
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
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Native Plant Society of Texas
- Fredericksburg, TXNPSOT - Austin Chapter
- Austin, TX
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Record Modified: 2009-02-10
Research By: DEW