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upright tall ferns

Posted by GeeDavey MD 7 (My Page) on
Thu, May 12, 05 at 20:35

which ones are best? Does Wallich's wood or Dixie wood upright or more flat? Some of the pictures make them look squat and wide rather than upright.

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RE: upright tall ferns

Dixie Wood fern (Dryopteris x australis) is 3 or 4 ft tall and grows straight up, ala a picket fence. At least mine do. Medium shade and somewhat moist soil.

RE: upright tall ferns

when young sporelings they lay flat. even old overwintered foliage lays flat.
New growth, especially right after winter dormancy is straight up.


RE: upright tall ferns

  • Posted by KarinL Vancouver Z8 (My Page) on
    Fri, May 13, 05 at 1:21

Dryopteris wallichiana sprouts pretty upright, but so do many others. The Mickel book (Ferns for American Gardens) describes the habit of each fern that he lists, and he lists many!

RE: upright tall ferns

There are many that grow upright, from what i've heard wallich's wood fern is one of them.

RE: upright tall ferns

Other choices to consider are Ostrich, Royal and Cinnamon ferns. But research whether they are right for the spot you have.

RE: upright tall ferns

Wallich's Wood fern is a poor performer for me. I blame the summer heat. Others I grow, that have upright habit are Cinnamon, Royal, Marginal(Evergreen) Wood, Southern(Florida) Wood, Autumn(and it's close relatives: Dryopteris hondoensis & D. purpurascens), Mariana's Maiden, Widespread Maiden, Bramble, Christmas and Ostrich Ferns. Shorter upright ones, such as Lady, New York, Beech, Japanese Beech, Tassel, Tongue or Felt Ferns are good companion plants, although some, New York & Japanese Beech can become invasive.

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