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Crested Woodfern (Dryopteris cristata)

  • Crested Woodfern (Dryopteris Cristata) http://www.sagebud.com/crested-woodfern-dryopteris-cristata
    Credit: Carl Axel Magnus Lindman (1856-1928) | ęBilder ur Nordens F... | License: PD Old PD-Art (PD-old)
  • Crested Woodfern (Dryopteris Cristata) http://www.sagebud.com/crested-woodfern-dryopteris-cristata
    Credit: Kristian Peters -- Fabelfroh 07:58, 29 June 2007 (UTC) | photographed by Kristian Peters | License: CC-BY-SA-3.0-migrated GFDL
  • Crested Woodfern (Dryopteris Cristata) http://www.sagebud.com/crested-woodfern-dryopteris-cristata
    Credit: by Thomas Moore ; edited by John Lindley ; nature-printed by Henry Bradbury. | The ferns of Great Britain and Ireland. | License: PD Old PD-Art (PD-old)
  • Crested Woodfern (Dryopteris Cristata) http://www.sagebud.com/crested-woodfern-dryopteris-cristata
    Credit: by Thomas Moore ; edited by John Lindley ; nature-printed by Henry Bradbury. | The ferns of Great Britain and Ireland. | License: PD Old PD-Art (PD-old)
  • Crested Woodfern (Dryopteris Cristata) http://www.sagebud.com/crested-woodfern-dryopteris-cristata
    Credit: by Thomas Moore ; edited by John Lindley ; nature-printed by Henry Bradbury. | The ferns of Great Britain and Ireland. | License: PD Nordens Flora
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Dryopteris Cristata, or more commonly know as Crested Woodfern, is a forb/herb (a forb/herb is a non-woody plant that is not a grass) with dark green foliage and brown flowers of the genus Dryopteris. It has a moderate growth rate and a height of 1.6 feet at maturity. Its duration is perennial which means it will grow year after year. It's active growth period is spring and summer, blooms during summer and is tolerant of shade. Dryopteris Cristata or Crested Woodfern's floral region is North America US Lower 48, specifically in the states of Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Virginia, Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin.

  • Category: Fern
  • Genus: Dryopteris
  • Family: Dryopteridaceae
  • Order: Polypodiales
  • Class: Filicopsida
  • Division: Pteridophyta
  • Duration: Perennial
  • Growth Habit: Forb/herb
  • Native Status: L48 (N) CAN (N) SPM (N)
  • State T/E Status: NY (EV) TN (T) WA (S)
  • State T/E Common Name: NY (crested wood fern) TN (crested shield-fern) WA (crested shield-fern)
  • National Wetland Indicator Status: FACW OBL
  • Regional Wetland Indicator Status: 1(FACW+) 2(OBL) 3(OBL) 4(OBL) 5(FACW) 6(OBL) 9(FACW)
  • Active Growth Period: Spring and Summer
  • After Harvest Regrowth Rate: Slow
  • Allelopath: No
  • Bloat: None
  • Coppice Potential: No
  • Fall Conspicuous: No
  • Fire Resistance: No
  • Flower Color: Brown
  • Flower Conspicuous: No
  • Foliage Color: Dark Green
  • Foliage Porosity Summer: Moderate
  • Foliage Porosity Winter: Porous
  • Foliage Texture: Coarse
  • Fruit/Seed Color: Brown
  • Fruit/Seed Conspicuous: No
  • Growth Form: Rhizomatous
  • Growth Rate: Moderate
  • Height Mature (feet): 1.6
  • Leaf Retention: No
  • Lifespan: Moderate
  • Low Growing Grass: No
  • Resprout Ability: No
  • Shape and Orientation: Erect
  • Toxicity: None
  • Adapted to Coarse Textured Soils: No
  • Adapted to Fine Textured Soils: Yes
  • Adapted to Medium Textured Soils: Yes
  • Anaerobic Tolerance: High
  • CaCO3 Tolerance: High
  • Cold Stratification Required: No
  • Drought Tolerance: Low
  • Fertility Requirement: Low
  • Fire Tolerance: None
  • Frost Free Days Minimum: 120
  • Hedge Tolerance: None
  • Moisture Use: High
  • pH (Minimum): 3.5
  • pH (Maximum): 6.5
  • Precipitation (Minimum): 15
  • Precipitation (Maximum): 55
  • Root Depth Minimum (inches): 12
  • Salinity Tolerance: None
  • Shade Tolerance: Tolerant
  • Temperature Minimum (°F): -33
  • Bloom Period: Summer
  • Commercial Availability: Routinely Available
  • Fruit/Seed Abundance: High
  • Fruit/Seed Period Begin: Summer
  • Fruit/Seed Period End: Fall
  • Fruit/Seed Persistence: No
  • Propagated by Bare Root: No
  • Propagated by Bulbs: No
  • Propagated by Container: No
  • Propagated by Corms: No
  • Propagated by Cuttings: No
  • Propagated by Seed: Yes
  • Propagated by Sod: No
  • Propagated by Sprigs: No
  • Propagated by Tubers: No
  • Seed Spread Rate: Slow
  • Seedling Vigor: Medium
  • Small Grain: No
  • Vegetative Spread Rate: Moderate




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