Dryopteris wallichiana


Dryopteris wallichiana in a 5 litre plastic nursery pot.

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Dryopteris wallichiana, commonly known as Wallich’s wood fern, is a tall, evergreen fern native to the Himalayas and other mountainous regions of Asia. It has long, arching fronds that can reach up to 1.5m in length, making it a dramatic addition to a shady garden or woodland setting. The fronds are a vibrant green color and are delicately textured with finely divided leaflets. This fern prefers a moist, well-drained soil and will thrive in a partially shaded location. It pairs well with other woodland plants such as hostas, hellebores, and bleeding hearts, as well as with ferns like the Athyrium niponicum ‘Pictum’ and Polystichum setiferum. The striking form and texture of Dryopteris wallichiana make it an excellent choice for adding interest and depth to a garden.

Key Facts

  • Common Name(s):Alpine wood fern
  • Hardiness:Fully hardy through most of the UK
  • How big will I get? Dryopteris wallichiana can grow to a height of 1m and a spread of 1m.
  • Did You Know That:The name Dryopteris means Oak Fern in Latin?

Plant Calendar

A rough guide to how this plant will change through the year.

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Care Guide

Soil Requirements

Dryopteris wallichiana thrives in wet or damp soil with decent drainage or in poorly draining soil. This plant can grow in soil with a wide range of pH levels, it is not picky about the pH level of the soil.

Best Position

Dryopteris wallichiana prefers a sheltered position and is perfect for darker areas of your garden it likes either full or partial shade.


Dryopteris wallichiana doesn’t require any regular pruning. Any dead or damaged fronds that take away from the overall look of the plant can be removed as they appear.

Pest, Diseases and Wildlife

Dryopteris wallichiana is generally pest free, and it tends not to have problems with diseases. It is not considered to be toxic.

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