The fronds of Dryopteris marginalis are 30-100 cm long
10-25 cm wide. The blades are pinnate-pinnatifid to bi-pinnate
and the blades tend to remain green overwinter. If this species
is recognized as a member of the genus Dryopteris, it can
be easily identified as D. marginalis by the sori which
are located near the edge of the blade segments.
D. marginalis ranges throughout the northeastern U.S.
and extreme eastern Canda, south to Alabama and west to Oklahoma,
Iowa and Wisconsin. In Wisconsin it is found mainly in the southwestern
and northeastern counties. Habitat is usually on rocks, or on