Dryopteris sieboldii

Description: Quite unlike other Dryopteris as the leaves are wide leathery green fronds not finely divided as would be expected with this Genus.  The distinctive semi evergreen fronds resemble a Pteris fern and give an exotic feel . 

Uses: Good in moist woodland situations or lightly shaded borders though some warmth is appreciated.  Lovely with other woodland plants and with evergreen ferns and is more tolerant of dry situations than some ferns.

Climate/Position:  Partial shade warm and sheltered if possible.

Height/Spread:  up to 60cm  x 50cm 

Soil Requirements: Moist well drained soils, humus rich to retain moisture

Pruning: Old fronds may be cut back as the new fronds appear in spring.

Special Requirements: Plant into well prepared soil with added compost.  Mulching with additional well rotted compost in subsequent years is advantageous.