Soil: Hydric (Moist) – Mesic (Medium)
Sun: Part Sun – Shade
Height: Up to 12″
Suggested Uses: Western Oakfern is a finely textured fern that enjoys moist, cool, mossy woodland settings. Its foliage is a nice contrast to bolder foliage in the landscape. Provides cover for wildlife. Grows well under evergreens.
Native Range: Western Oakfern is predominantly native to the Upper Midwest and the Northeast but its range includes scattered areas throughout the Pacific Northwest, Rocky Mountains and Appalachia too.
Habitat: Provides cover, nesting places and materials. Occasionally eaten by Elk and Grizzly Bears in the Pacific Northwest.
Other Names: Northern Oakfern
More information: USDA plant profile
Photo credit: Walter Siegmund [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)