Dryopteris ludoviciana

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Dryopteris ludoviciana
Southern Wood Fern Dryopteris ludoviciana Leaves 3008px.JPG
Conservation status

Apparently Secure (NatureServe)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Pteridophyta
Class: Pteridopsida
Order: Polypodiales
Family: Dryopteridaceae
Genus: Dryopteris
Species: D. ludoviciana
Binomial name
Dryopteris ludoviciana
(Kunze) Small

Dryopteris ludoviciana, the Southern Wood Fern, is fern native to southern United States from Florida west to Texas and as far north as Kentucky and North Carolina.

It is an evergreen in mild climates. Its growth habit is tall and upright with shiny and leathery dark green fronds. It will tolerate dry conditions but will perform best in moist areas. The growth rate is slow to moderate and reaches a mature height at 30-48 inches. D. ludoviciana is hardy in USDA plant hardiness zones 5-10.