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oak fern

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Oak fern
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Gymnocarpium dryopteris

Deciduous Groundcover

Height: 1 ft.

Availability: Medium

Growing ease: Medium

Moisture req.: dry - moist

Exposure req.: part shade - shade


Plant description:

The foliage of this delicate fern forms a delightful spreading groundcover in a woodland setting. Spreads by rhizomes, but not aggressive.

Keywords: drought tolerant, ferns, fire-resistant , perennial (non-woody), spreading, upright