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Asplenium ebenoides

Dragon Tail Fern

This cute native evergreen fern has long tapered tips that resemble a dragon's tail. Thrives in limestone soils.

Exposure: Part Shade
Size: 6" tall x 10" wide
Bloom: Insignificant
Hardiness: Zone 5
Characteristics: Deer Resistant

Athyrium filix-femina 'Lady In Red'

Northern Lady Fern

This striking lady fern has vibrant burgundy color throughout its stems. It is an excellent contrast with the green fronds. Strong growing and dependable, its color intensifies after a couple of years of growth.

Exposure: Part Shade to Full Shade
Size: 30" tall x 24-36" wide
Bloom: Insignificant
Hardiness: Zone 3
Characteristics: Deer Resistant

Athyrium niponicum 'Pictum'

Japanese Painted Fern

This fern must be grown in shade to bring out the best of its silver variegation with dark red center veins. A gorgeous addition to a shade garden. Perennial Plant of the Year for 2004.

Exposure: Part Shade to Full Shade
Size: 18" tall x 24" wide
Bloom: Insignificant
Hardiness: Zone 5
Characteristics: Deer Resistant

Athyrium niponicum 'Red Beauty'

Japanese Painted Fern

Similar to 'Pictum' with silvery-green fronds, its stems and veins are a much brighter red. The red takes a few years to completely develop. Likes a moist, well drained soil.

Exposure: Part Shade to Full Shade
Size: 18-24" tall x 12-18" wide
Bloom: Insignificant
Hardiness: Zone 5
Characteristics: Deer Resistant

Athyrium niponicum 'Regal Red'

Japanese Painted Fern

Very colorful fern with dark violet red interior and bright silver edges puts on quite a show. The twisted pinnules give the fronds a nice full look. Perfect for the shade garden and lovely in cut arrangements.

Exposure: Part Shade to Full Shade
Size: 18" tall x 24" wide
Bloom: Insignificant
Hardiness: Zone 4
Characteristics: Deer Resistant

Dryopteris atrata

Shaggy Shield Fern

This excellent fern is semievergreen. Its black stems make it very striking when planted in masses in a shady border or a woodland edge. Also known as Black Wood Fern, it combines nicely with other shade loving plants such as hostas or hellebores.

Exposure: Part Shade to Full Shade
Size: 24" tall x 24" wide
Bloom: Insignificant
Hardiness: Zone 5
Characteristics: Deer Resistant

Dryopteris carthusiana

Wood Fern

Lacy bright green fronds. Likes moist, humus, acidic soil. Native.

Exposure: Part Shade to Full Shade
Size: 24-36" tall x 24-36" wide
Bloom: Insignificant
Hardiness: Zone 3
Characteristics: Deer Resistant

Dryopteris filix-mas

Robust Male Fern

A robust, evergreen fern. Easy to grow in moist humus soil. It can handle a little more sun than other ferns in moist soils.

Exposure: Part Shade to Full Shade
Size: 24-48" tall x 36-48" wide
Bloom: Insignificant
Hardiness: Zone 4
Characteristics: Deer Resistant

Matteuccia pensylvanica

Ostrich Fern

One of the largest ferns whose light green, finely toothed fronds will quickly fill an area with moist soil. Can tolerate some sun if the proper amount of moisture is available.

Exposure: Part Shade to Full Shade
Size: 48" tall x 36" wide
Bloom: Insignificant
Hardiness: Zone 5
Characteristics: Deer Resistant

Osmunda cinnamomea

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Cinnamon Fern

Tall upright fern with cinnamon brown spikes that rise from the center of the plant. Native.

Exposure: Part Shade to Full Shade
Size: 36" tall x 24-30" wide
Bloom: Insignificant
Hardiness: Zone 5
Characteristics: Deer Resistant

Polystichum acrostichoides

Christmas Fern

Great native evergreen for shaded areas. Dark green, coarse leaflets remain year round and really stand out even in the snow.

Exposure: Part Shade to Full Shade
Size: 30" tall x 24" wide
Bloom: Insignificant
Hardiness: Zone 5
Characteristics: Deer Resistant

Polystichum setiferum

Soft Shield Fern

This easy to grow evergreen fern likes a well drained soil and can even handle some drier conditions.

Exposure: Part Shade to Full Shade
Size: 24-36" tall x 24" wide
Bloom: Insignificant
Hardiness: Zone 5
Characteristics: Deer Resistant

Thelypteris decursive-pinnata

Japanese Beech Fern

Excellent ground cover for the shade due to its vigorous growth habit. Lush, bright green foliage. Can handle moist or dry shade.

Exposure: Full Shade
Size: 18" tall x 24" wide
Bloom: Insignificant
Hardiness: Zone 4
Characteristics: Deer Resistant

Thelypteris palustris

Marsh Fern

Bluish green fronds are wide spreading. An excellent ground cover in a moist shady garden. Will tolerate some sun with adequate moisture.

Exposure: Part Shade to Full Shade
Size: 18-30" tall x 48" wide
Bloom: Insignificant
Hardiness: Zone 2
Characteristics: Deer Resistant