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Thermopsis noveboracensis

New York Fern

This soft yellow-green fern is found in the woods all across the Northeast and thrives in moist shade. Creeping roots send up lush fronds in the spring that reach up to 24" and 4" wide and carpets the woodland floor. Excellent, easy care cover for birds and small native critters.


  • This is one of the most sun and drought tolerant ferns
  • Colonies of this fern are perfect cover for toads
  • Deer resistant

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

A lovely foliage groundcover for shady woodland gardens, New York fern prefers moist, humus-rich, slightly acidic soils.  Will spread via rhizomes and may form dense colonies.

1-2 Feet


2-4 Feet

USDA Hardiness Zone 5-8

Native Trivia

A vital larval food source for the Pink-Shaded Fern Moth, this fern offers cover from spring through fall for native critters. Its deciduous nature makes it disappear in winter but, its roots hold the soil until its lush fronds reappear in spring.

Characteristics & Attributes