Dryopteris erythrosora ‘Brilliance’

Brilliance autumn fern

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

Outstanding Qualities

With stunning new growth, 'Brilliance' is a selection of autumn fern said to have more orange red when the new fronds emerge in springtime and that the color holds longer than typical. As with Dryopteris erythrosora, this cultivar is an outstanding perennial with arching fronds that make a statement in the garden.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: fern

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 3 ft. 0 in. (0.91 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 3 ft. 0 in. (0.91 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 to 9

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun (with frequent watering) to light or open shade

Water Requirements: regular to frequent watering, or in dappled shade, occasional watering

Seasonal Interest: spectacular new growth in springtime

Culture Notes
With more sun there will be more color when the fronds emerge in spring; however, the plants must be watered at least a couple of times per week during dry weather in this type of situation. With more shade there will be, perhaps, not quite stunning color, but less watering is required. The soil should be rich and well-drained
Geek Notes
Selected from a sporling batch at Casa Flora wholesale nursery of Dallas, Texas for its new growth that is said to have more red or rose tones along with lasting longer than typical.