Dryopteris-erythrosora, commonly known as autumn fern, is a species of fern native to East Asia, including China, Japan, and Taiwan. It is a deciduous fern that belongs to the family Dryopteridaceae.
It is a medium-sized fern that can reach a height of about 45cm. The fronds of this fern are pinnate, meaning they divide into smaller leaves. The leaves have a unique coppery-red colour when they emerge in the spring, gradually maturing to a deep green as the season progresses. This colour change gives the fern its common name of autumn fern.
This fern is valued for its attractive foliage. It is commonly used in borders, woodland gardens, and as an ornamental plant. Autumn fern is relatively easy to grow and can tolerate a range of light conditions from full shade to partial sun. However, it prefers a partially shaded environment with moist soil.
To care for Dryopteris-erythrosora, it is important to provide regular watering to keep the soil consistently moist. It is also beneficial to mulch around the base of the plant to help retain moisture. It is generally a low maintenance plant but may benefit from occasional fertilization with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer.
Overall, Dryopteris erythrosora, or autumn fern, is a lovely fern species that adds beauty and interest to shaded gardens with its unique coppery-red fronds.
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