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Dryopteris Brilliance
  • Dryopteris has color changing foliage
  • hardy-fern-dryopteris-brilliance-plant
  • Autumn Fern is deer proof and thrives in moist soils

Dryopteris Brilliance

Hardy autumn fern changes color with the season!
Item: #DRYBR1Q
ZONE 5,6,7,8,9
As low as $12.99
  • Fine-textured foliage add 4 seasons of interest
  • Fronds change color with the seasons
  • Deer & Rabbit proof shade perennial
  • Evergreen hardy fern
  • Ship size: Jumbo 1 Quart
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Dryopteris Brilliance Description

Dryopteris Brilliance is a hardy fern that is surprisingly easy to grow while adding grace & charm to your shade perennial garden.

Delicate, fine-textured Autumn Fern  changes color with the seasons.  In early spring new growth is a lustrous golden orange which turn green as the foliage enlarges then copper-red in autumn.

Semi-evergreen in northern climates & evergreen in southern areas.  They are an ideal shade loving groundcover.

Grow Dryopteris Brilliance in light to moderate shade and keep when away from hot afternoon sun.

During the summer, most fronds are dark green with red underneath the leaves, but at any given time there may be a number of colorful juvenile leaves that will add interesting contrast.

The combination of fine textured ferns are stunning with bold-leaf hostas, colorful heucheras, or huge-flowering hydrangeas.

Special features: Color change, Cut foliage, Deer resistant, Evergreen, Fall color, Foliage interest, Moisture tolerant, Multi-seasonal interest, Rabbit resistant, Season extender

Quick Facts

  • Botanical name:
    Dryopteris erythrosa 'Brilliance'
  • Common name:
    Autumn fern
  • Zone:
  • Sun exposure:
    Shade, Part shade
  • Delivery:
    See schedule
  • Ship form:
    1 quart
  • Soil type:
  • Soil moisture:
  • Height x width:
    18-24" X 18"
  • Flower color:
  • Foliage color:
    Golden orange, green, copper
  • Bloom season:
  • Uses:
    Accents, Border, Container, Ground cover, Massing, Small spaces, Specimen, Under planting, Woodland
  • Cannot ship to:
    AK, HI
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Soil: Easily grown in average, slightly acidic, medium to wet soils. Prefers consistently moist, humus soils that are rich in organic matter.
Light: Part shade to full shade.
Water: Soils must not be allowed to dry out.
Spacing: 1-2 feet
Fertilizing: Fertilize regularly during growing season.
Winterizing: No specific care needed. Cut back old fronds after new growth begins in spring.
Maintenance & pruning: Site in locations sheltered from strong winds to protect the fronds. Other than removing old growth in spring, no pruning is needed.