Dryopteris arguta

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Dryopteris arguta

Species Name: Dryopteris arguta
Common Name: Wood Fern or Shield Fern

Locally common fern. More drought tolerant than many ferns. Lovely dark green foliage.

Plant Family: Dryopteridaceae
Plant Type: Fern
Height by Width: 3' H x 3' W
Growth Habit: Mounding
Deciduous/Evergreen: Deciduous
Growth Rate: Moderate
Sun Exposure: Shade or partial sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Occasional to regular
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: NA
Flower Color: NA
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: North-, Central-, Southwest, Sierra Nevada
Natural Habitat: Open wooded slopes, less than 7,500 elevation

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  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.
  • Harlow, Nora and Kristin Jakob. Wild Lilies, Irises, and Grasses: Gardening with California Monocots. Berkely and Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press. 2003.