Dryopteris cristata
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Dryopteris cristata

crested wood fern
narrow swamp fern

  family dryopteridaceae 
  genus dryopteris 

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Genus  Dryopteris Species  cristata Variety  Cultivar  Common names  crested wood fern   narrow swamp fern Family  DRYOPTERIDACEAE Specimen number  S11845 Data source  HtZn p108
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Perennial Life span  3 - 10 years Annual cycle  Evergreen Stature  Fern Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height  1' 6" - 3' 6" Overall spread   
Sunshine  Partial to full shade Water  Moist to wet Optimal soil texture  Fertile Acceptable soil pH  Neutral USDA hardiness  USDA zones 03a-09b AHS heat zones  Heat zones 09-03 Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Dryopteris cristata can survive very cold winters with annual averages as low as -40� Fahrenheit. Narrow swamp fern (also known as crested wood fern) needs summer days with high heat. The best soil for this plant has a texture that is fertile. This species likes partial to full shade. It needs soil that is moist to wet.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes 
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes 
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Dryopteris cristata is a perennial. Narrow swamp fern (locally known in some parts as crested wood fern) is evergreen. Leaves: This plant has doubly compound shiny dark green leaves that unfurl from its core each spring.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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