Pioneer Valley Fern Society

Winter Ferns

#4 Evergreen Wood Fern

One of the prettiest winter ferns is the Evergreen Wood Fern (Dryopteris Intermedia). It remains bright green and looks lacier than any of the other common winter ferns, due to being thrice cut. They silhouette nicely against the snow! You usually cannot see the symmetric circular clump of fronds this time of year with the snow, but individual fronds are seen across the forest floor. They are generalists, meaning they can be found growing in a variety of environments, from woodlands to wetlands, rock ledges to rich soils. They are a common sight on our winter landscape throughout the Northeast.