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Dryopteris arguta

Dryopteris arguta (Kaulf.) Watt

Coastal Wood Fern, Coastal Woodfern

Dryopteridaceae (Wood Fern Family)


USDA Symbol: drar3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

A 1-2 1/2 ft. evergreen fern with lacy fronds. Stout fronds are borne in clusters from a creeping, woody rhizome.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb , Fern
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Not Applicable
Bloom Notes: Not a flowering plant. Reproduces by spores.


USA: AZ , CA , OR , WA
Canada: BC
Native Distribution: Throughout cismontane CA to s. WA
Native Habitat: Shaded slopes & open woods below 5000 ft.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Moist, well-drained soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available


Description: Not Available
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA

Additional resources

USDA: Find Dryopteris arguta in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Dryopteris arguta in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Dryopteris arguta


Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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