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Dryopteris Brilliance

Dryopteris 'Brilliance'

Dryopteris erthrosora 'Brilliance'

3 1/2-inch Pot
Item # 38735

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Relish gorgeous color for months on end with this semi-evergreen and exceptionally glossy fern! This aptly-named cultivar is one of the most brilliant ferns you will ever see, boasting intensely glossy fronds with showy red tones in spring and fall! Evergreen in warm climates, this showy fern cultivar is a great way to add color and texture to your garden all year long! The triangular fronds grow up to 2 feet long, starting the spring with an attractive orange-red tint, greening out for summer, and then burnishing a rich red in autumn. The abundant fronds naturally form a dense, vase-shape mound of fine, attractive foliage.

Dryopteris erythrosora is a semi-evergreen fern species. Like most ferns, it thrives in shady, moist soil and puts out its most impressive growth when air temperatures are in the 60s and 70s. One of the most carefree ferns on the market, Brilliance™ can actually tolerate a fair amount of drought. Zones 5 to 8.

Review Summary
(Based on 2 Reviews)

Overall Rating: 5.0 / 5.0


Great for the Beginning Gardener!
Tommi from AR wrote on July 25, 2017:

You pretty much can't miss with these. Mine are planted in shade, semi shade and areas with morning sun. They look good throughout the winter in the upper South. We do get some temps to zero some years but these guys just keep on coming! If you will baby them a little, (like watering them a couple of times a week) they will get big and although mine dont spread in an invasive way they do spread out and fill in. The color is really nice with lots of gold and a coppery red toward the ends of the fronds. I keep getting more! I like no fuss plants that look good! I always look in the garden sections of the box stores on the clearance shelves for those tired little ones that have summered on the concrete and had little water. They almost give them away at that point and I take the dried crusty little lumps home and plant them. Water them a little every day for a week and voila! Little fronds start to unfurl from the dried up plants. However, I wouldn;t recommend this unless you have patience and like nurturing orphan plants. This fern would be super for a new gardener! Of course the best way is to purchase nice healthy plants from a reputable landscape seller like Wayside for the healthiest, most ready to go plants.

A Fern that stands out in your shade garden!
Patricia Mary from IN wrote on May 08, 2017:

A hardy, eye catching fern, this is the 2nd season of Brilliance in my shade garden and only one of 2 ferns I chose. It's spring and I had clumps of green throughout our unusually mild winter and the fronds in the spring were brown that opened to a lovely golden shade. Provides a lovely contrast in my shade garden with my ghost ferns, variegated Solomon's seal, Sugar and Spice tiarella, bleeding hearts and variegated ground cover.These are in a rather heavily shaded area under a Japanese Maple.e Look forward to next year when the ferns and tiarella have had more time to grow to larger size. Lovely color contrasts!