Dryopteris erythrosora
Dryopteris erythrosora
Dryopteris erythrosora
Dryopteris erythrosora
Dryopteris erythrosora
Dryopteris erythrosora
Dryopteris erythrosora
Dryopteris erythrosora
Dryopteris erythrosora

Dryopteris erythrosora

"Copper shield fern"

Dryopteris erythrosora

1 bare root — £5.21

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Description

Spice up the shade with the cinnamon tones of this copper shield fern, Dryopteris erythrosora. Having won an RHS Award of Garden Merit, you can look forward to exceptional performance from this plant if you have the right spot for it. This beautiful fern will turn a cool and shaded part of the garden into lush space to relax with its spectacular fronds. Lasting through spring and summer, Dryopteris erythrosor starts with new fronds in that enticing burnt orange colour, which then gradually mature to deep green as the season progresses.  

Low maintenance Dryopteris erythrosora grows up to around 60cm tall and wide once established, making this an easy and effective gap filler. The fronds of this shade-loving Bukler Fern will die back in winter when the plant becomes dormant. You can cut back the foliage of Dryopteris erythrosor in late autumn or early spring to make way for fresh new growth. It’s fully hardy so there’s no need to worry about it over winter, just look forward to a repeat show the following year. This tactile plant attracts ground insects that will overwinter in its clump forming base, while also offering a cool retreat during summer. 

In the past, the cross-section of fern stems was said to bear the name of Christ, and thus provided protection from goblins and witches.

Key features

  • Comes back every year

  • Loved by pollinators

  • Great for shade

  • In peat-free compost

  • Low maintenance

  • RHS Award (AGM)

  • Fully hardy

  • Slug & snail repellent

Specs & details

  • Botanical name

    Dryopteris erythrosora

  • Plant size

    1

  • Established height

    50-70cm

  • Established spread

    30-50cm

  • Plant spacing

    5 plants per m2

  • Leaf colour

    Green, copper, orange

  • Habit

    Upright
    Clump-forming

  • Life cycle

    Perennial

  • Hardiness

    Fully hardy

  • Years to establish

    2-3 years

  • Sunlight

    Full shade
    Partial shade
    Dappled shade

  • Position

    Sheltered

  • Suitable for

    Large containers
    Borders
    Cottage gardens
    Low maintenance gardens
    Pots

  • Soil acidity

    Any

  • Soil moisture

    Damp
    Free draining

  • Soil type

    Loam
    Clay
    Loam-based compost
    Sandy

  • Growing skill

    Easy to grow

  • Scented

    No

  • Pollinator-friendly

    Yes

  • Mouse resistant

    No

  • Rabbit resistant

    Yes

  • Deer resistant

    Yes

  • Toxicity

    No report

Plant calendar

JanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSepOctNovDec
  • Planting
  • Flowering

Useful information

    • Soak your Dryopteris erythrosora roots in water for 3-6 hours prior to planting.

    • Plant your "Copper shield fern" bare roots into temporary pots with a multipurpose compost in spring and grow-on in a sheltered spot outdoors.

    • Choose a pot which comfortably fits the bare roots. Some have a noticeable crown which should be just below the soil surface with any top growth exposed.

    • Plant out into borders or permanent containers in late spring or early summer once in full growth. Choose a position in sun or shade depending on the variety.

    Read all planting & care instructions

  • Orders placed before 1 March 2024
    You can expect your order in March 2024

    Orders placed 1 March - 15 April 2024
    You can expect your order in April 2024

    Orders placed 16 April - 15 May 2024
    You can expect your order within 10 business days

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