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Dryopteris atrata

Shaggy Wood Fern, Black Wood Fern

Hardy Perennial

What is Hardy Perennial?

Semi-evergreen arching fronds

Copes with full shade

Bright green with black stems

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Tightly curled crosiers, covered in shaggy black hairs, unfurl into arching, bright green fronds with black, scaly stems. Dryopteris atrata is perfect for a woodland border or shady patio pot, even coping with full shade. A relatively large fern it forms a robust clump making a handsome structural plant that provides lush, green foliage in dark corners. Semi-evergreen. Height and spread: 60-80cm (24-80in).

Plant height and spread is seasonal therefore we list by pot size rather than a defined plant size. The height and spread of the plant delivered will vary depending on the season, meaning arrival images are an indication only.

Height Up to 80cm (31in)
Spread Up to 80cm (31in)

Hardy Perennial

dappled shade


1 x 9cm Potted Plant (KF7462)
3 x 9cm Potted Plants (KF7463)

Plant in partial shade in fertile, moist, acid or neutral, soil. Ferns prefer a soil that is rich in organic matter so add some well rotted manure or garden compost to the soil prior to planting. Dryopteris atrata naturally grows by water and enjoys reliably moist soil.
Feed and water ferns regularly until they are fully established. Leave old fronds on over winter to protect the crown. Apply a mulch of well rotted manure or garden compost around each plant in spring.

Seeds and garden supplies will normally be delivered within the time period stated against each product as detailed above. Plants, bulbs, corms, tubers, shrubs, trees, potatoes, etc. are delivered at the appropriate time for planting or potting on. Delivery times will be stated on the product page above, or in your order acknowledgement page and email.

Orders for packets of seed incur a delivery charge of £2.99.

Orders which include any other products will incur a delivery charge of £6.99.

Where an order includes both packets of seeds and other products, a maximum delivery charge of £7.99 will apply - regardless of the number of items ordered.

Large items may incur a higher delivery charge - this will be displayed in your shopping basket.

Please see our Delivery page for further details, and more information on different charges that may apply to certain destinations.

For more information on how we send your plants please visit our Helpful Guide on plant sizes.

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