||The name Dryopteris provokes the thought of some species of Dinosaur, but Dryopteris in this case is another beautiful southern fern native to the deep south. In its natural habitat it tolerates extreme high temperatures and can like other ferns endure flooding and soggy soils. Although it is native to swamps it is not restricted to those conditions. In garden soils under average conditions it will thrive, but must have consistent irrigation to obtain it's normal robust size, remain lush and attractive all summer, and can withstand full sun with the above mentioned irrigated. This large glossy evergreen fern species matures to 3-5'High x 10"Wide. An application of lime every 6 months will benefit this species if you garden in acidic soil conditions.