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Coastal Wood Fern
Dryopteris arguta
About Coastal Wood Fern (Dryopteris arguta) 5 Nurseries Carry This Plant Dryopteris arguta is a species of wood fern known by the common name Coastal woodfern. It is native to the west coast of North America, where it grows in oak woodlands and shady low elevation slopes. The species is somewhat variable in appearance. Leaflets sometimes turn at an angle from the leaf, giving it a ruffled or lacy look, and the toothed leaflets may have bristles at their tips. According to C. Michael Hogan, The thin concave indusia are quite closely spaced and almost entirely cover the sporangia.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type

2 ft tall

Wildlife Supported

Butterflies & moths hosted ( 2 likely * ) SHOW ALL

Landscaping Information
Full Sun, Part Shade, Full Shade

Very Low


Common uses
Common uses
Groundcovers, Deer Resistant

Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
2, 4*, 5*, 6*, 7, 8, 9, 14*, 15, 16, 17*, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24*

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type

Annual Precipitation: 6.9" - 101.0", Summer Precipitation: 0.14" - 2.76", Coldest Month: 28.6" - 56.6", Hottest Month: 54.0" - 80.8", Humidity: 0.05" - 29.06", Elevation: -227" - 8278"

Alternative Names
Common Names: California Wood Fern, Coastal Woodfern

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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