Dennstaedtia wilfordii

Synonym Microlepia wilfordii

Epithet is after Charles Wilford, who collected in China and Japan in the 1800s.

Dennstaedtia punctilobula wends its way through a mixed planting in the Kennar garden.

Dennstaedtia punctilobula sweeps around boulders along a roadside in New York.

Large arching fronds of Dennstaedtia davallioides in the Peters garden.

Deciduous, 6 to 16 in. (15 to 40 cm). Zones 4 to 8.

description: The rhizome is long-creeping. Multitoned, shiny, black, green, and russet stipes are up to one-half of the frond length. Lanceolate blades are bipinnate to tripinnate and significantly without the hairy peach fuzz associated with others in the genus. Fertile fronds are slightly but not significantly taller than the sterile. sori are carried in conical containers along the pinnae margins, the typical reproductive arrangement for the genus.

range and habitat: Rocky sites and mountain forests are the homelands of this species with a native range from Japan, Korea, china, and india to Manchuria.

culture and comments: Already established in European and British gardens, this should be an easy introduction to horticulture in temperate North American landscapes.

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