Male fern is the common fern and there are a number of varieties of Dryopteris available such as copper shield fern
, which is also known as the Japanese red shield fern
and I have even seen it sold as the painted fern.
On the botanical front, the Aleutian shield fern
(Polystichum aleuticum) became Alaska's first, and so far only, listed plant in 1988.
Include evergreens like leathery-leaved hart's tongue fern and soft shield fern
, which has finely divided fronds, to give a variety of leaf textures.
Select evergreen varieties such as hart's tongue fern (pictured), male fern and soft shield fern
that will cope with dim light and dry soil.
Morton, Widespread Maiden Fern; Southern Shield Fern