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Gardening in the Rainy Zone.
WALLICH'S WOOD FERN, HIMALAYAN FERN
Pronounced: dry-OP-ter-iss wall-lik-ee-AY-na
India, China, Japan, Mexico, South and Central America, Hawaii, Africa, Madagascar.
Sunset zones: 4-6, 14-17.
USDA zones: 5-7.
Heat zones: 12-10.
Height: 2-4 feet (60-100 cm). Can reach 5 feet.
Two pinnate, evergreen fronds with black hair-like scales along the stipe.
This fern naturally grows in high mountainous regions under the shelter of trees and shrubs. It grows best with shade.
Humus rich soil, with supplemental water in summer to keep soil moist.
Sow spores as soon as ripe.
Rainy Side Notes
D. wallichiana's vase-like shape, makes it a perfect choice for smaller gardens that need height. I planted my fern under a Fatsia with our native Vancouveria at its feet. The contrast in foliage is a pleasing composition in my opinion. For a shady winter garden, this fern is a great addition. It dislikes hot summers and adapts easily to our mild maritime climate in the Pacific Northwest. I prefer seeing this fern grown as a single specimen, where it's vase shape form can be appreciated.
Dryopteris wallichiana is a 2005 Great Plant Pick.
Photographed in author's garden.