Dryopteris Golden Mist™

Dryopteris Golden Mist™

Dryopteris labordei Golden Mist™

Item # 48051
Ships in Spring at the proper planting time for your zone. View schedule.
Buy 3+ at $12.95 ea
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Transform the shade border with this handsome Asian Wood Fern, which sports bright spring fiddleheads of yellow and gold, unfurling to perfect triangular bipinnate fronds of shimmering sunny color! Though they mature to dark green, the contrast of new and mature fronds is spectacular on this evergreen, and the very vivid, eyecatching golden shades add exceptional brightness to the shade.

It may remind you a bit of Autumn Fern, but Golden Mist™'s season of glory is spring. At 20 to 24 inches high and wide, it's also a slightly larger and more spreading plant, with fronds that arch up and out in a neat symmetrical, many-layered habit. Beautifully ornamental, it always attracts compliments in a container planting, and makes a breathtaking large planting for the open or woodland garden. (And since rabbits, deer, and other nibbling marauders tend to leave it alone, you can actually plant it unfenced without worry!)

Golden Mist™ fares best in soils that are loose, well-drained, and enriched with organics, but once established it is quite tolerant of less-than-ideal conditions. Give it neutral to acidic soil, open shade, and consistently moist soil the first year, and it will establish beautifully, its lovely fronds keeping their good looks right through winter in all but the snowiest climates.

Although native to Asia, the Wood Fern makes itself at home right here, and is one of the most dependable hardy ferns for the partly to fully shaded garden. Don't miss out on its splendid spring color show and year-round appeal. Zones 5-8.