Dryopteris muenchii

Epithet is after M√ľnch.

Semievergreen, 1V2 to 2V2 ft. (45 to 75 cm). Zones 6 (with protection) to 9.

Warm sunset tones on the emerging fronds of Dryopteris lepidopoda.

Dryopteris marginalis in the woods of Massachusetts.

description: The rhizome is erect with narrowly triangular fronds fanning out from the crown. The stipes are one-fourth to one-third of the frond length, and the willowy blades are bipinnate-pinnatifid. There are 20 to 25 pairs of pinnae with medial sori covered with a kidney-shaped reddish brown in-dusium.

range and habitat: This surprisingly tolerant fern is from high-altitude forestlands in Mexico.

Dryopteris ludoviciana frond with a characteristic constricted apex at Mount Cuba Center.

Diagnostically significant marginal sori on Dryopteris marginalis.

culture and comments: Despite its heritage this species has wintered without a whimper for many years in the semi-shade in my Zone 8 garden. While not showy, the foliage is delicate and a light yellow-green. The plant is remarkably tolerant of wind, poor soil, and benign neglect.

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