shield fern

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shield fern

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(Plants) any temperate woodland fern of the genus Polystichum having shield-shaped flaps covering the spore-producing bodies: family Aspleniaceae
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Noun1.shield fern - any of various ferns of the genera Dryopteris or Polystichum or Lastreopsis having somewhat shield-shaped coverings on the sorishield fern - any of various ferns of the genera Dryopteris or Polystichum or Lastreopsis having somewhat shield-shaped coverings on the sori
fern - any of numerous flowerless and seedless vascular plants having true roots from a rhizome and fronds that uncurl upward; reproduce by spores
Athyriaceae, Dryopteridaceae, family Athyriaceae, family Dryopteridaceae - alternative names for one of a number of families into which the family Polypodiaceae has been subdivided in some classification systems
broad buckler-fern, Dryopteris dilatata - European shield fern
Dryopteris goldiana, Goldie's fern, Goldie's shield fern, goldie's wood fern - North American fern with a blackish lustrous stipe
Polystichum setiferum, soft shield fern - European shield fern cultivated in many varieties
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Underplant with ground-hugging ajuga, alchemilla, epimediums, bergenia, hellebores, lamium, pulmonaria and soft shield ferns.
Soft shield ferns and 'Crispa Cristata' male ferns surround them, all growing above dwarf mondo grass and purple shamrock.
After the front yard and then the side yard--with large beds of azaleas, nandinas, spiraea, and hawthorn along with a tree-shaded bed that's filled with shield ferns for most of the year--were completed, it was time to address the rear area.