Dryopteris ludoviciana

Fern, Southern Wood

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Pot Size: full quart

Plant Description

Southern wood fern grows naturally throughout the South in wet woods, swamps, and over limestone rocks where it may reach majestic, evergreen clumps to 4' tall and 3' wide. In the garden, however, it is an easy fern in light shade and average to moist soil where it spreads slowly and rarely exceeds 3', unless you are in the deep South with oppressively hot, humid summers and heavy, saturated soils. In this case, the fern thrives and attains its impressive 4' clumps. Fronds are slender, glossy, and dark green, only dying back when temperatures drop into the 20's.



Deer Resistant

Native Plant

Ease of Culture

Easy to grow



Plant Type


Light Exposure

Full shade,

Mostly shady

Soil Condition

Organic, Average

Moisture Tolerance

Wet, Moist,

Moderately moist



full quart


36 or taller, 24 to 36



Hardiness Zones

6, 7, 8, 9