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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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.
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.