Plant Data Sheet:

By Sarah Short







Coastal Wood Fern (Dryopteris arguta)


From Southern California to Washington (1)

Climate, elevation

Zone 8-9, Between 0 and 6000 ft (2)

Local occurrence

Wood Fern normally grows on north slopes and/or shady creeks. (1)

Habitat preferences

Grows under low to medium light in moist-dry garden soil or potting mix with good drainage. (2)

Plant strategy type/ successional stage

Information not available


Associated species

Information not available

May be collected as: (seed, layered, divisions, ect)

The most satisfactory method of propagation is by spores, but division in spring or autumn is also practicable. Offshoots come from rhizome bases. (2)

Collection restrictions or guidelines

This species is difficult to grow. (2)

Seed germination


Seed life


Recommended seed storage conditions


Propagation recommendations

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets) from spores. (3)

Soil or medium requirements

Information not available

Installation form

Information not available

Recommended planting density

Varies for 6 in to 30 in. (3)


Care requirements after installed


Normal rate of growth or spread: lifespan

This fern grows to 65cm. (2)

Sources cited:


(1)        Everett, Thomas H. 1980. The New York Botanical Garden Illustrated

Encyclopedia of Horticulture. Garland Publishing, New York,  New York.

(2)        Leigh, Michael. 1999. Grow Your Own Native Landscape. Washington State

University Press, Olympia, Washington.

(3)        Dave’s Garden. Detailed information on Costal woodfern. June 2006.