Dwarf Southern Wood Fern (Thelypteris ovata Lindheimerii)

Dwarf Southern Wood Fern

Dwarf Southern Wood Fern, Thelypteri ovata Lindheimerii, also know as Dwarf River Fern, is a semi-evergreen, perennial Fern. Its ornamental nature would make it a perfect addition to your shady perennial bed as a vibrant border. It would also do great as a groundcover to fill in around your trees and shrubs.

Your Dwarf Southern Wood Fern features medium-green fronds that emanate out in a haphazard yet graceful, arching nature. Unlike the common Ferns you see with their neatly symmetrical fronds growing out from a central core, Dwarf Southern’s fronds grow this-way-and-that for a uniquely charming effect in the garden setting.

The bright green fronds are sure to add warmth and texture to your yard all summer! As summer fades, Dwarf Southern Wood Fern takes on bronze tones for an additional splash of color in your autumn landscape.

It’s a low maintenance Fern that doesn’t mind a bit of drought or sun and can even handle some cold temperatures. Deer tend to leave it alone and it’s generally a tough little fern that adds definition and color to your yard.

If you’re looking for a Fern with a bit more to offer than the typical Fern attributes, Dwarf Southern Wood Fern is a terrific choice. It’s even easy to propagate so an investment in just one can eventually take care of a larger area. Dwarf Southern Wood Fern is a terrific, ornamental plant with a lot to offer for your yard this year!

  • Winter Hardy Semi-Evergreen
  • Deer Resistant
  • Shade Tolerant Naturalizing Plant
  • Some Tolerance To Drought & Sun

Dwarf Southern Wood Fern (Thelypteris ovata Lindheimerii) Details

Common name Dwarf Southern Wood Fern
Botanical name Thelypteris ovata Lindheimerii
Hardiness zone 6-10
Growth rate Medium
Height 2 - 3 ft.
Width 3 - 6 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun, Partial Shade
Moisture Moist
Soil condition Well Drained
Pollinator-friendly No
Leaf color Green