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Leather Woodfern - Plant

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Dryopteris marginalis (marginal wood fern) is a perennial species of fern found in damp shady areas.
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Description for Leather Woodfern

This is a woodland fern which is most often found in shaded crevices of rocky ledges and bluffs. Features grayish-green, deeply cut, leathery fronds. Dryopteris marginalis has leathery leaves or fronds of deep blue-green. Prefers shade and moist soil containing large amounts of organic matter. Can take dry-ish shade.

Common nameFlower coloursBloom timeHeightDifficulty
Marginal shield fern or marginal wood fernNon-floweringNon-flowering1.50 to 2 feetEasy to grow

Planting and care

Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in part shade to full shade. Prefers moist, rich, humusy, acidic soils with protection from wind.

Part shade to full shadeAverage, medium, well-drained soilMedium55 degrees F to 65 degrees FApply any organic fertilizer

Caring for Leather Woodfern

  • Gather the spores from the mature fronds.
  • Remove the frond from the plant and place it in a paper bag with the spore side down.
  • Dry the frond for up to two weeks in a warm, dry location.
  • Sterilize a large salt shaker by rinsing it in a bleach solution of one part bleach to nine parts water. Allow drying completely.
  • Remove the frond from the paper bag, tapping it lightly to shake off any remaining spores.
  • Pour the spores, dust and dried bits of frond into the sterilized salt shaker.

Typical uses of Leather Woodfern

Special features: Grow in shady areas of the woodland, rock, native plant or wild garden. Mixes well with spring wildflowers, purple-leafed heucheras and hostas. Excellent as a specimen or in groups.

Culinary use: NA

Ornamental use: The plant is used for ornamental purposes. Evergreen fronds provide good interest to the winter landscape.


  • http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?kempercode=k170
  • http://homeguides.sfgate.com/grow-hapuu-ferns-23547.html

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