Brilliance Autumn Fern - Japanese Shield Fern
The Brilliance Autumn Fern, scientifically known as Dryopteris erythrosora 'Brilliance,' is a specific cultivar of the Autumn Fern species. It is highly valued for its unique foliage color and texture, which sets it apart from the standard Autumn Fern.
The Brilliance Autumn Fern features fronds that emerge with a vibrant coppery-red color in spring, gradually transitioning to a deep green hue as they mature in summer.
This color transformation adds visual interest and makes it an attractive choice for gardens and landscapes.
The fronds typically reach a height of about 2 feet (60 cm) and have a delicate, lacy appearance, giving an elegant touch to any setting.
Regarding cultivation requirements, the Brilliance Autumn Fern thrives in partial to full shade, making it suitable for shaded garden areas. It prefers moist, well-drained soil with a slightly acidic to neutral pH. While it can tolerate some drought once established, regular watering benefits its growth and vitality.
Does the Brilliance Autumn Fern require a lot of maintenance?
Maintenance for the Brilliance Autumn Fern is generally minimal. Removing dead or damaged fronds in early spring can help promote healthy growth and maintain its aesthetic appeal. It is a versatile plant used in woodland gardens, shaded borders, or as a ground cover beneath trees.
The Brilliance Autumn Fern is a NON-NATIVE fern.