THELYPTERIS

FAMILY: Thelypteridaceae

TYPE
  • Ferns
  • Vines / Ground Covers
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Partial Shade
  • Full Shade
WATER
  • Ample Water
  • Regular Water

Plant Details

Among the easier ferns to grow. Deciduous in most areas, they thrive in moist, organic soil but will tolerate some drought if soil is rich. They take more sun than most ferns, provided moisture is plentiful. Effective in masses or combined with plants having coarser leaves. All spread by rhizomes to form colonies.

broad beech fern

thelypteris hexagonoptera (Phegopteris hexagonoptera)

  • Zones US, MS, LS; USDA 6-8.
  • From eastern North America.
  • Medium green, triangular fronds to 1122 feet long and wide.
  • Fronds are once divided, each division deeply toothed.

southern shield fern, wood fern

thelypteris kunthii

  • Zones US, MS, LS, CS; USDA 6-9.
  • Native from the southeastern U.S. to South America; an old-time Southern favorite.
  • Triangular fronds to 3 feet (sometimes 5 feet.) long, with leaflets widely spaced along the stem; the light green color contrasts well with dark greenfoliaged plants.
  • Spreads quickly to form a tall, soft, pretty mass.
  • Takes poor soils and moderate sun.
  • Brown winter fronds are quite attractive, but cut them back before new spring growth begins.

new york fern

thelypteris noveboracensis (Parathelypteris novae-boracensis)

  • Zones US, MS, LS; USDA 6-8.
  • Native from Newfoundland to Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee.
  • Pale green, 1- to 2 feet-long fronds are once divided, with the segments deeply lobed.
  • A vigorous colonizer, it can be used as a ground cover in shadeor even in full sun if kept moist.

marsh fern

thelypteris palustris

  • Zones US, MS, LS; USDA 6-8.
  • From Europe, Asia.
  • The bluish green fronds, which occur singly or in tufts, are of two kinds: sterile and fertile.
  • Sterile fronds are 624 inches long and half as wide, tapered at both ends, once divided, with segments deeply lobed.
  • Fertile fronds are 13 feet long, sturdier and stiffer than the sterile ones.
  • Spreads rapidly.

mariana maiden fern

thelypteris torresiana (Macrothelypteris torresiana)

  • Zones MS, LS, CS, TS; USDA 7-11.
  • Native to tropical and subtropical Africa and Asia; has naturalized in much of the South.
  • Light green, arching, triangular fronds to 312 feet long are thrice divided, for a lacy, delicate look.
  • Eco Maiden Lace is a vigorous, cold-hardy selection that can reach 5 feet tall.

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