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Dryopteris Atrata Shaggy Shield Fern

Dryopteris Atrata Shaggy Shield Fern

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Dryopteris Atrata, commonly known as the Shaggy Shield Fern, is a notable fern species that is endemic to the evergreen forests of Asia. It thrives across a broad geographical range, spanning from Tibet and the Himalayas to Vietnam, reaching altitudes of up to 2300 meters above sea level. This fern is characterised by its toughness and hardiness, making it well-adapted to diverse environmental conditions.

Dryopteris Atrata typically exhibits semi-evergreen tendencies, providing a touch of greenery even in cooler climates. The fern's appeal is enhanced by its attractive pinnate fronds, densely adorned with dark brownish-black scales, adding a distinctive and visually appealing aspect to its overall appearance.

Cultivation of Dryopteris Atrata can be a rewarding addition to a garden, particularly in woodland settings or areas with a naturalistic landscape design. Its robust and dark green fronds can contribute to the overall texture and visual interest of the planting.

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Common Name Holly Fern
Plant Form
Plant Type
Climate Temperate
Plant habitat
Sunlight Partial shade, full shade
Watering Medium
Flowering period
Flower Colour
Season of interest Spring
Foliage Evergreen
Hardiness Rating (RHS) H5 (-15 to -10 °C)
Soil type Moist, clay, loam and peat
Soil PH
Size Height: 80cm, Spread: 70cm
Care notes Regular watering to maintain soil moisture and removal of any dead or damaged fronds can help keep the fern in good condition. Mulching around the base can aid in moisture retention and provide some insulation.

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