Dryopteris complexa/Buckler Fern

Dryopteris complexa / Dryopteris complexa
In late May this plant is zone 7 is just growing well
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In late May this plant is zone 7 is just growing well

Fornds generally 2-4 feet long and occassionaly reach 5 feet

Fronds come out a light green, but turn darker very soon

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Scientific Name: Dryopteris complexa
Common Name: Buckler Fern
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 2- 5 feet
Spread: 3 -5 feet
Light Exposure: Part Sun, Filtered Shade, Shade
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Comments: Semi-evergreen in zone 8 and higher, but deciduous in colder areas. A fast growing plant with large fronds that come out a lught green, bust soon turn a darker green color. This fern is surprisingly drought tolerant once it is established.