Friday, March 20, 2015

Dryopteris erythrosora 'Brilliance' Autumn Fern

A while ago I was trying to identify the fern in my side yard, even though it was rather mangled in the dead of winter. After Googling for hours and looking at tiny details all the way down to the lowest pinna - I think I spotted the identical fern at the 2015 Indiana Flower and Patio Show.

My rationale: If I got an un-labeled fern from a local nursery, it's more likely that I will stumble upon a match in person at another local event, rather than on Google. Using Google is sort of like trying to match your symptoms to all possible illnesses in an internet database, when it's much more likely to be whatever is going around town at that point.



This Dryopteris erythrosora 'Brilliance' from the garden show is a dead ringer for what I thought was Dryopteris intermedia - although I must say I got pretty close just using image searches, considering the shear number of fern varieties.

Dryopteris erythrosora 'Brilliance' Autumn Fern
Dryopteris erythrosora 'Brilliance' Autumn Fern

Dryopteris erythrosora 'Brilliance' frond
Dryopteris erythrosora 'Brilliance' frond

Dryopteris erythrosora 'Brilliance' lowest pinna
Dryopteris erythrosora 'Brilliance' lowest pinna

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