Transformational Gardening

Disclaimer: Foraging can be fun, rewarding and provide health benefits. As a novice forager, I will be sharing my foraging experiences. However, in order to be safe, always consult with local foraging experts and guidebooks before beginning foraging. Children should learn to forage safely by being guided by experienced adults. Never ingest anything unless you are certain of the identification and safety of the plant. Some plant species are inedible and some are poisonous.

Marginal Wood Fern (Marginal Shield Fern) (Dryopteris marginalis): Images

Date Location Notes Images
June 30, 2012 Southeastern, New Hampshire A few important tips for recognizing Marginal Wood Fern:
  • Fronds (leaves) grow in a circular pattern (typical for Wood Ferns).
  • Pinnules (leafules) on the lower side are longer than those on the upper side (typical for Wood Ferns).
  • Copper-colored scales on the stipe (stem) (typical for Wood Ferns).
  • Large kidney-shaped sori grow along the margins.
  • Pinnules (leafules) have a blunt tip.
  • Pinnae (leaflets) rapidly taper to a point.
  • Withered fronds can sometimes be seen coming from the circle of living fronds.