|This hardy evergreen fern has crested, dark green fronds that have a narrower triangular shape than most Dryopteris and rise from an erect rhizome. Fronds are around 8 inches wide and finely divided. The midribs of the fronds are covered with light brown scales that have darker centers. The scales on this fern are a lighter brown than on most Dryopteris. Grows to a height of 2 to 3 feet tall and 18 inches wide. Plant where soil is moist and humus rich in partial shade in a sheltered site. Mature plants may be divided in spring or fall.