Theodore Klein Awards: Day four
Dryopteris x australis (Dixie Wood Fern) This is a very rare native, a naturally-occurring hybrid between D. celsa and D. ludoviciana. The growth habit is dramatically upright with large, coarse, dark green, semi-evergreen fronds…reminiscent of a giant Christmas fern plugged into an electrical outlet! This is a very structural, deer-resistant fern for the moist woodland garden, eventually making a clump 4’+ tall x 2′ wide. Although it is very tolerant of dry sites, a nice damp piece of ground will really produce spectacular results. Due to the fact that this fern is practically sterile, propagation is limited to division of the clump. Dryopteris x australis will do well in part sun to shade, is hardy in zones 5-9. This is a great option for your shade garden especially at the back of the border where you are looking for height and texture. You should be able to find this at your local garden center but if not you can order it from Tony Avent at Plant Delights Nursery who provided this description.