This selection is rapidly becoming one of the most popular garden ferns. Its common name 'Brilliance Autumn Fern' refers to the lustrous orange color of the newly emerging fronds which seem to glow against the backdrop of the shiny, dark green, mature fronds. The sori, which are produced in fall, are bright red.
This fern is particularly nice when grown in woodland or Japanese gardens. In mild areas or with suitable protection, the Autumn Fern is evergreen
This fern thrives in neutral to acidic, loose, richly organic soil and part sun. The soil should remain moist but well-drained, though it will tolerate drier soils once it is established. Mulching plants in the winter will help to conserve moisture and keep weeds from taking hold there.
From Walters Gardens website
Fern Dryopteris 'Brilliance'
Common Name Autumn Fern, Japanese Red Shield Fern Plant Type Perennial Zone 5-9 Height 2' Spread 2' Growth Habit Upright, Clumping Growth Rate Medium Seasonal Interest Evergreen Light
Part Shade (4-6 hrs. Direct Sun)
Full Shade (< 4 hrs. Direct Sun)
Average Water Needs
Consistent Water Needs
Average Soil Quality
Fertile Soil Quality
Not Native to North America