This fern is low-growing and is most often used as an
accent plant. It adds tropical appeal to shady
landscapes. It is suitable for covering large areas, or as a
backdrop for a flowering shade plant. It performs best in
areas where the soil doesn't dry out and where it receives dappled
Dividing the crown.
Be sure to watch for the emerging fronds. They are
copper-red. The fronds will eventually turn autumn green.
Dryopteris erythrosora aptly describes this
plant. Dryopteris comes from the Greek, dryads
meaning a wood nymph, and pteris meaning fern. Erythrosora
translates as "red sori", referring to spores underneath