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Dryopteris Lepidopoda
(Fragile Fern)

£12.00

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January - December
100cm x 100cm
Partial Shade, Shade
Foliage Colour
Fully Hardy
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Dryopteris Lepidopoda, the “Fragile Fern” with a sense of humour. This plant’s fronds are no joke – they might look delicate, but they’re tough as nails. A real ferny stand-up comedian!

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Description

Meet Dryopteris Lepidopoda, fondly known as the "Fragile Fern," a plant that proves looks can be deceiving. This North American native boasts fronds that may appear delicate, but they hold an inner strength that's truly standout. The "Fragile Fern" features finely cut, feathery fronds, with a charming texture that adds a touch of whimsy to your garden as fronds change colour throughout the seasons. A clump-forming evergreen habit features upright slightly arching fronds emerging salmon-pink to orange-red when young, then yellow, and maturing to dark green as the seasons progress, it creates an enchanting presence reminiscent of a nature-inspired work of art. This adaptable fern thrives in a variety of settings, from moist Woodlands to Shaded Gardens, Low Maintenance Gardens, Flower borders and beds, Cottage Gardens, Informal Gardens and used as under-planting of Roses and Shrubs. It's like the garden's practical joker, standing up to a variety of garden aesthetics and coping with temperature fluctuations without breaking a sweat. Despite its fragile appearance, Dryopteris Lepidopoda, the "Fragile Fern," adds a delightful, quirky element to your garden with ease. It's like the garden's stand-up comedian, bringing laughter and character to your outdoor setting. Enjoy its whimsical charm and discover the strength within this seemingly fragile fern.

Planting Conditions

Planting the "Fragile Fern," Dryopteris Lepidopoda, is a joyously straightforward process. Find a spot in your garden that replicates its native woodland habitat – well-drained soil with partial to full shade. This adaptable fern thrives in a variety of environments, from moist woodlands to shaded gardens. The key is to mimic its natural setting. With minimal direct sunlight, you create a comfortable home for this whimsical plant. As you plant it in the right location, you set the stage for a playful and engaging addition to your garden, as if inviting a natural comedian to perform in your outdoor theater.

Watering & Feeding

Caring for the "Fragile Fern" is as light-hearted as its name. Plant it in well-drained soil with partial to full shade, mimicking its natural woodland habitat. Keep the soil consistently moist, but avoid waterlogged conditions. While this fern doesn't demand frequent feeding, a little balanced, slow-release fertiliser during the growing season can boost its vitality.

General Care

Caring for Dryopteris Lepidopoda, the "Fragile Fern," is as lighthearted as its name. It thrives in well-drained soil with partial to full shade, replicating its woodland habitat. Keep the soil consistently moist, but avoid waterlogged conditions. This fern doesn't demand frequent feeding, as it's content with the nutrients available in your garden soil. A bit of slow-release, balanced fertiliser during the growing season can give it an extra boost, though it's not a strict requirement. This playful fern brings an element of whimsy to your garden without much fuss, making it a perfect choice for those who seek an easygoing, character-rich addition to their outdoor space.