Weeping Broad Buckler Fern (Dryopteris dilatata 'Recurved Form')

Dryopteris dilatata 'Recurved Form'
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Dryopteris dilatata 'Recurved Form'
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Weeping Broad Buckler Fern (Dryopteris dilatata 'Recurved Form')

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The light airy graceful dropping fronds of this variation are particularly effective when combined with the broad foliage of such favorite perennials as hostas, solomon seal, rodgersias, hardy geraniums, etc. Herbaceous clematis look especially fine woven through the spacious umbrella-shaped mass of horizontally arching fronds. This cultivar came to me courtesy of the British Pteridological Spore exchange labeled as Dryopteris dilatata 'Recurvata'. In early halcyon days of naming cultivars, the rule about assigning non-Latinized names for cultivars found after 1959 was not given much credence by fern growers. We thought we were safe in using the old Victorian system that described cultivars so well using latin descriptors. When it became apparent that this cultivar was named after 1959 the proper designation became 'Recurved Form' instead of the lilting Latin 'Recurvata'. Even 'Recurved Form' may be incorrect as I am told that cultivar names may not be descriptive terms! It is sad to lose the descriptive adjectives which so aptly tell us what a cultivar should look like. I refuse to call any new cultivar I find "Ethel" or "Fred" or some such nonsense.

Frond Condition: Evergreen to semi-evergreen
Mature Height: 3-4'
Origin: England
Cultural Requirements:  Partly Shaded, Full Shade, Evenly Moist, Slightly Moist
USDA Zones: 5,6,7,8,9

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