Hansen's Northwest Native Plant Database


Dryopteris arguta (Coastal Shield Fern, Coastal Wood Fern, Wood Fern)

 

Kingdom

 Plantae Plants

Subkingdom

 Tracheobionta Vascular plants

Division

 Pteridophyta Ferns

Class

 Filicopsida

Order

 Polypodiales

Family

 Dryopteridaceae Wood Fern family

Genus

 Dryopteris Adans. woodfern

Species

 Dryopteris arguta (Kaulf.) Watt coastal woodfern

A beautiful evergreen fern.

Tolerating more sun than other northwest ferns, this species is found growing on steep wooded slopes or on sunny riverbanks along the Pacific coast, west of the Cascades, and into Arizona.

Its hardiness ranges from USDA zones 7-10.

It is classified as an endangered species in Canada.

The "pineapple-like" root was reportedly an important food for Native Americans.

   
Photo above center by Gordon Leppig and Andrea J. Pickart
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