Dryopteris erythrosora Brilliance - Autumn Fern

Dryopteris erythrosora 'Brilliance'
Mature Height: 24 inches
Mature Spread: 24 inches

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This selection of autumn fern has become quite popular for its color and easy of care. The name 'Brilliance' Autumn Fern refers to coloration of the new growth, which comes on with shades of red, yellow and green reminiscent of the beautiful colors of fall. Older growth is a deeper consistent shade of green, which provides a backdrop for the new foliage. 'Brilliance' is evergreen in more mild conditions and perennial up to zone 5.

Why we like Athyrium 'Godzilla'?

This popular fern is fairly easy to maintain in deep shade. Watching the leaves consistently return and unfurl each spring is a magical process. We like this plant because it is easy to maintain, so long as the young leaves are protected from frost and plants are kept in soil that is consistently moist. It is also evergreen. It pairs well adding texture to plants like hosta and shade loving grasses.

Photo Credit: Walters Gardens

Bloom Color:Green foliage emerges with reds, oranges and yellows
Bloom Period:Sori produced in fall
Genus & Species:Dryopteris erythrosora 'Brilliance'
Mature Height:24 inches
Mature Spread:24 inches
Plant Spacing:12 inches or more
Planting Depth:Even with the soil level of the plant.
Planting Time:Spring or summer
Soil Type:Well-drained soil rich in organic matter
Sun Exposure:Part to full shade
Zone:5 to 9

General care for any tree or shrub is easy, but like any living thing will require your attention. Please educate yourself and follow these simple rules.

Dryopteris erythrosora Brilliance - Autumn Fern

For best results plant in neutral to acidic, loose soil that is rich in organic matter. Soil should be mulched yearly and compaction should be avoided from foot traffic or mowing. The soil should remain moist, but should still drain well. Yearly mulch applications will go a long way to supporting the micro-climate this plant perfers. Once established it is tolerant of dry soil, so as a gardner you aren't married to watering. Treat it like you do your hostas and other shade loving plants by watering in times of excessive dryness and keeping a fresh application of hardwood or organic mulch (not rock). In northern zones 7a+ trim back any leaves that have become descicated or brown.

Customer Reviews

Based on 1 review
RJ Gibson
Time will Tell

A number of frones were broken and the plants looked a bit tired. Will see how they do.