New York Fern

Thelypteris noveboracensis | Rating: 1 votes | Print / Pdf

One of the most commonly found fern, thelypteris noveboracensis is arguably the most effective option when seeking groundcover for woodland gardens. A vigorous spreader, the New York fern, as it is also known, grows erect but boasts elegant fronds that comprise as many as 25 pairs of lance-shaped pinnae, each tapering at the end. It loves the shade, and can brown due to sun-scalding when in strong, direct sunlight too long. It thrives in moist but well-drained loamy soils, and it is important to steer clear of boggy locations. Pruning by cutting back its creeping rhizomes is necessary to contain its spread.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.45
Spread [m]
  • 0
Dominant flower colour
  • Inconspicuous or absent
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • division
Growth habit
  • Spreading
  • Upright
Hardiness zone
  • Z2-8
Heat zone
  • H8-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -46 - -7
Heat days
  • 0 - 120
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Standard category
  • Grasses, ferns & bamboo
  • Ferns
Grown for
  • Ornamental Foliage
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
  • Pond plants
Garden type
  • Bog garden
  • Pond
Garden spaces
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • 2 to 5 years