Dryopteris goldieana

Common name: Goldie's Wood Fern

Native plant

This is one of the largest of the native wood ferns, reaching up to 4' in ideal conditions. It is a slowly spreading groundcover eventually forming large clusters of graceful arching fronds. Dryopteris goldieana prefers moist, rich, well-drained soils in full to partial shade. Needs protection from wind. Best planted in masses in the shaded or woodland garden.

Also available in quarts.


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Price Level: 
Perennial- Specialty Species Tier 2
Sizing Options: 
Flat of 18 (pints)
1 Gallon

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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry), Moist Mesic

Light exposure

Eastern Exposure / Morning Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade, Shade

Bloom period


Urban environment

Uncompacted Urban Soils, Yards that Flood


Floodplain, Moist Woods, Woodlands

Growth form

Colonizing / Spreading

Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color



Mature height
3 Feet
Mature width
2 Feet
Max height
5 Feet
Max width
3 Feet

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