The triangular-shaped fronds of Dryopteris erythrosora have a gorgeous copper tint when young

Dryopteris erythrosora

Buckler fern

  • Botanical name: Dryopteris erythrosora
  • Common name: Buckler fern
  • Family: Dryopteridaceae
  • Plant Type: Perennial, Semi-evergreen
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Dryopteris erythrosora is a striking semi-evergreen fern. Its triangular-shaped fronds have a copper tint when young and slowly mature to dark green.


For best results grow Dryopteris erythrosora in moist soil in partial shade. It works well alongside other evergreen ferns and woodland plants. Mulch annually with well-rotted leaf mould, composted pine needles or garden compost to mimic the woodland conditions it’s used to. Cut back old fronds in winter to make way for new growth. Dryopteris erythrosora has been awarded the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

How to grow Dryopteris erythrosora

  • Plant size

    100cm height

    100cm spread

  • Aspect

    North facing, east facing, west facing

  • Position in border


  • Sun exposure: Dappled shade, full shade, partial shade
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Acidic / chalky / alkaline / clay / heavy / moist / well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do Plant in May

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Do Plant in August

Do Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December


Do not Divide in January

Do not Divide in February

Do Divide in March

Do Divide in April

Do not Divide in May

Do not Divide in June

Do not Divide in July

Do not Divide in August

Do not Divide in September

Do not Divide in October

Do not Divide in November

Do not Divide in December

Dryopteris erythrosora and wildlife

Dryopteris erythrosora has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Dryopteris erythrosora poisonous?

Dryopteris erythrosora has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

Plants that go well with Dryopteris erythrosora