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Shade-Tolerant Plants

Check out 11 shade-tolerant plants and the planting information for each zone.

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Ostrich Fern(3 of 11)

Matteuccia pensylvanica

  • Large, deciduous fern reaching upwards of four feet

  • Plant in rich, wet to moist soil

  • Plant in medium to full shade for all zones

  • Hardy in AHS heat zones 8-1

Hardy in USDA zones 3-8:

  • Zone 3 -- Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; mulch heavily after first hard frost; pull back mulch in early spring; divide as new growth appears in early spring.

  • Zone 4 -- Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; mulch after first hard frost; pull back mulch in early spring; divide as new growth appears in early spring.

  • Zone 5 -- Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; mulch after first hard frost; pull back mulch in early spring; divide as new growth appears in early spring.

  • Zone 6 -- Plant in spring or fall; mulch in the fall; pull back mulch in early spring; divide as new growth appears in early spring.

  • Zone 7 -- Plant in spring or fall; mulch in the fall; pull back mulch in early spring; divide as new growth appears in early spring.

  • Zone 8 -- Plant in spring or fall; mulch in the fall; pull back mulch in early spring; divide as new growth appears in early spring.

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