Dryopteris wallichiana ‘Jurassic Gold’

Wallich's Wood Fern, Alpine Wood Fern

Providing valuable architectural form in the spring garden with its vase shaped crown, Dryopteris wallichiana ‘Jurassic Gold’ is a spectacular and hardy fern, evergreen in most of the UK.

Wallich’s Wood Fern has fantastic rose/bronze new fronds in spring to early summer, which age to a golden frond and is perfectly hardy, suitable for borders or containers. The new foliage emerges in golden orange colour fading to yellow with age.

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Origin: Jurassic coast, Dorset
Genus: Dryopteris
Species / Cultivar: wallichiana var. 'Jurassic Gold'
Common Name: Wallich's Wood Fern, Alpine Wood Fern
Synonym: Aspidium parallelogramma, Aspidium wallichianum, Dryopteris wallichiana 'Hollasic'

Plant Biography

The Dryopteris wallichiana is native to tropical and sub-tropical Americas, Turkey to sub-tropical Asia, Hawaiian islands and Gough Island, the roots have been recorded as having been used as traditional medicine across the pan-tropical regions to remove parasites.

In the UK, Dryopteris wallichiana is brilliant choice of fern for a shaded/part-shaded area of the garden to create dramatic architectural shapes and provide a lot of texture, both during and after the fronds unfurling.

The Jurassic Gold cultivar is was discovered at Country Garden Plants on the Jurassic Coast of Dorset as recent as 2018.

Dryopteris wallichiana 'Jurassic Gold'
Soil: Moist but Well Drained
Soil that allows water to drain at a moderate rate, without the water pooling.
Growth Rate: Fast
Expect to see prolific growth, especially during growing season.
Final Size: Small
Will stay small enough for a desk or shelf.
Water Requirement: High
Likely to require supplementary watering in warmer months, even once established.
Maintenance: Low
Minimal skill or input needed beyond the basics, a very independent plant.
Situation: Part Shade to Full Shade
Can enjoy several hours of direct sunlight, but also happy in full shade.
Eventual Height: 1.2m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 0.8m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Hardy
Survives unprotected in an average winter. May need protection in extreme long frosts.
Habit: Evergreen
Always in leaf throughout the year. It won't lose all its leaves at any one time.
Lifecycle: Perennial
This plant is persistant and does not die off after flowering. It will return each season indefinitely, if provided with suitable growing conditions.

Expert Tip

When designing your garden, keep in mind that it pairs perfectly when placed to contrast with large leaved plants with softer textures, such as Hostas.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Keep it in an area of shade/part shade in the garden, in moisture retentive humus rich soil.

This fern is evergreen in most of the UK, though it is deciduous in colder climates.


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