Dryopteris atrata

Shaggy Shield Fern

From the highlands and forests of east Asia, Dryopteris atrata is a tall, tough, hardy fern which forms a shuttlecock of elegant, upright fronds, semi-evergreen in Irish conditions. The heavily divided, dark green fronds are covered in tiny, brownish-black hairs or scales, giving them their shaggy name. Shaggy shield fern is tough and easy-to-grow, doing well in our humid conditions, and can be used in formal or informal plantings. Old, weather-beaten fronds should be cut back in spring to allow fresh growth to take their place.

Site: Sheltered, humid
Soil: Moist but well-drained, humus-rich soil
Position: Partial shade or full shade; tolerates full sun in reliably moist soil
Season of interest: Spring to autumn, longer in mild areas
Hardiness: Fully hardy
Height: 30” (80cm) Spread: 28” (70cm)
Type | Size: Pot | 9cm
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