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Dryopteris erythrosora 'Brilliance'

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Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
 Common Name: Fern-Brilliance Autumn
Common Name (Alternative): Japanese Red Shield Fern

This selection is rapidly becoming one of the most popular garden ferns. Its common name 'Brilliance Autumn Fern' refers to the lustrous orange color of the newly emerging fronds which seem to glow against the backdrop of the shiny, dark green, mature fronds. The sori, which are produced in fall, are bright red.

This fern is particularly nice when grown in woodland or Japanese gardens. In mild areas or with suitable protection, the Autumn Fern is evergreen.

Origin: Not Native to North America

Characteristics:



Height:
  2 Feet
Spread:
  2 Feet
Foliage Color:
  Green shades
Hardiness Zone:
5,6,7,8,9
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Sun or Shade?:
  Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun)
  Full shade (< 4 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
  Average water needs
  Consistent water needs
Need critter resistant plants?:
  Deer resistant
  Rabbit resistant
How fast should it grow?:
  Medium
When should it bloom?:
  Grown for its attractive foliage
How's your soil?:
  Average Soil
  Fertile Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
  Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
  Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
  Container/Patio
  Woodland/Shade
  Cottage
  Eclectic

Attributes:

Border plants
Container
Cut flower or foliage
Evergreen
Mass Planting

Awards:

  Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit 2012

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips:

This fern thrives in neutral to acidic, loose, richly organic soil and part sun. The soil should remain moist but well-drained, though it will tolerate drier soils once it is established. Mulching plants in the winter will help to conserve moisture and keep weeds from taking hold there.


Companions:

Common/Botanical Name
Zones  
Hosta 'Praying Hands'
Common Name: Hosta
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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Corydalis lutea
Common Name: Corydalis-Yellow
5,6,7
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Hosta 'Stained Glass'
Common Name: Hosta
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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Liriope muscari 'Big Blue'
Common Name: Lily-turf-Blue
5,6,7,8,9,10
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Heuchera 'Caramel' PP16560
Common Name: Coral Bells
4,5,6,7,8,9
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While every effort has been made to describe this plant accurately, please keep in mind that the height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates throughout the country. The description of this plant was written based on our experience growing it in Michigan (USDA hardiness zone 5) and on numerous outside resources.