Dryopteris (Fern)

Ornamental Wood Fern

Commonly called "Wood Fern", Dryopteris are often used as food plants by larvae of various moths and butterflies. Many Dryopteris (fern) have slowly creeping rootstocks that form a crown with a ring of fronds. The genus is made up of round sori with kidney-shaped indusia.

Native to the temperate Northern Hemisphere, especially parts of Eastern Asia, Dryopteris (fern) is a popular ornamental plant due to its shapely and colorful leaves.