This wood fern is the largest of our native Dryopteris species. It is typically found in cool, moist woods, often near water in the Northeast U.S. This fern has short, creeping habit. It is distinguishable by the large, oblong, triangular, pinnate blades that taper at the tip. arching, deciduous.
Easily grown in average, medium moisture soils in part shade to full shade. Prefers moist, rich, humusy, acidic soils in bright shade with protection from wind. Slowly spreads over time by short creeping rhizomes.
Dryopteris goldiana, commonly called giant wood fern or Goldie's wood fern, is a woodland fern which is native to moist woods in eastern North America. Considered to be the largest of the North American species of Dryopteris . Typically grows in an upright habit to 3-4' tall. Distinguished by its large size and backward-arching, oblong-triangular, dark green (sometimes golden-green) fronds which taper abruptly near the tip.
Mass or group in woodland, shade or native plant gardens. Shady areas of borders.