Beautiful Wood Fern (Dryopteris pulcherrima)

Beautiful Wood Fern

The Beautiful Wood Fern, Dryopteris pulcherrima, is a recent variety of fern, commonly used for ornamental purposes. Plant some of these around trees, shrubs or anywhere you’d love some lovely, evergreen groundcover.

In Latin, pulcherrima means “beautiful”, and once you see this new variety of fern, you’re sure to understand the reason for its name. This shade-tolerant, hardy fern features richly-green, arching fronds with an elegant spread. It has a light, airy appearance and is perfect for around shade trees or other empty spots where you’d like something vibrant and green to fill the space.

Beautiful Wood Ferns tend to be low maintenance and hardy, so you can generally just plant one and watch it thrive. It is heat and drought tolerant, with an evergreen nature that ensures year round interest.

If you’re in the market for a new fern for your home, Beautiful Wood Fern would make a lovely choice. Its versatile and hardy nature is sure to please you whether you use it as a groundcover, in containers or as an accent.

  • Evergreen With Winter Interest
  • Hardy Shade
  • Heat & Drought Tolerant
  • Great Container Plant

Beautiful Wood Fern (Dryopteris pulcherrima) Details

Common name Beautiful Wood Fern
Botanical name Dryopteris pulcherrima
Hardiness zone 6-9
Growth rate Medium
Height 18 - 24 inches
Width 18 - 24 inches
Sunlight Full Shade
Moisture Average to Moist
Soil condition Widely Adaptable
Pollinator-friendly No
Leaf color Evergreen