Brilliance Autumn Fern

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In the shade garden, there are few plants as versatile and dependable as 'Brilliance' Autumn Fern. Lush and semi-evergreen in many climates, each sturdy, wide frond unfurls in shades of burnished copper, holding onto that color for weeks on end. Award-winning 'Brilliance' Autumn Fern is a staple in designer gardens and responds vigorously to rich, moist soils. (Dryopteris erythrosora)
Zones 5 - 9
Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Good For Cut Flowers
Light Requirements
Half Sun / Half Shade
Full Shade
Mature Height 12-24" tall , 18-30" wide
Bloom TimeFoliage plant all summer
Item Package SizePlant - 3" Pot

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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Plant Information
Gardeners who plant ‘Brilliance’ Autumn Fern will find that the sturdy fronds stand up to all but the harshest ice storm, providing green when we need it most. Winner of the prestigious Royal Horticultural Society Award-winner, this evergreen fern unfurls bronze-colored fronds in spring and sports particularly bright orange-red ripe spores on the undersides of the leaves in autumn. In early spring, cut away the old foliage to reveal new fronds emerging in extraordinary shades of coppery pink. Though it can stand on its own with grace, it provides a fantastic backdrop to shade plants such as Variegated Solomon’s Seal and Blue Brunnera. Autumn Fern is easy to grow in rich, moist, cool soil in full shade to part shade locations. It can grow in full sun with plenty of moisture. It is tolerant of dry shade, and drought tolerant once established. It benefits from regular moisture in its first season, and from an annual dressing of compost or mulch.
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Item Package Size
Plant - 3" Pot
Common Name
Brillance Autumn Fern
Botanical Name
Dryopteris erythrosora Brilliance
5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements
Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade
Flower Color
Mature Height
12-24" tall
Estimated Mature Spread
18-30" wide
Growth Rate
Bloom Time
Foliage plant all summer
Planting Depth
Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Ships As
Potted Plant
Young fronds open an orange, coppery-pink shade, and change to green.
Soil Type
Moist/Wet Soil
Soil Moisture
Moist / Wet, Well Draining
Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Good For Cut Flowers, Groundcover
Ideal Region
Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Planting Time
Spring / Summer
Neonicotinoid Free
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada

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