- Botanical Name: Thelypteris normalis
Common Name(s): River Fern, Southern Maiden Fern, Southern Shield Fern, Widespread Maiden Fern
Description: The shield fern plant, like other ferns, is notable for its long arching, bright green fronds. These pinnate leaves are haired on both the upper and lower surface. This fern plant makes an excellent low-maintenance groundcover fern for shaded areas of the landscape. It can be propagated via root division and as mentioned is deer resistant. The plant spreads via rhizomes to form colonies and fill an area rapidly.