Manta-winged Autumn Fern (Dryopteris cystolepidota [syn. nipponensis])

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Manta-winged Autumn Fern (Dryopteris cystolepidota [syn. nipponensis])


Synonyms/Also sold as:  Dryopteris nipponensis

Avid fern collectors might recognize this fern under its previous pseudonym, D. nipponensis. The new growth is flushed with coppery tints that soon mellow into a lovely jadeite. This is definitely a more elegant plant in the garden than autumn fern, D. erythrosora, as its widely triangular fronds seem to hover in mid-air as if they were sunset-hued manta rays gliding gracefully in the ocean tide. If you are doing well with the autumn fern you might want to try this elegant version in your garden as well.

Frond Condition: Evergreen
Mature Height: 2'
Origin: Japan and Korea
Cultural Requirements:  Some Shade, Partly Shaded, Evenly Moist
USDA Zones: 6, 7, 8

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