Identify type of fern and diagnose issue

Asked August 30, 2016, 11:09 AM EDT

I inherited this fern from the previous homeowner. Fronds are about 12 in long and 3 in across at the base. It is deciduous, typically dies back to the ground in October and ferns out in late April. Question 1 - what type could this be? Question 2 - during the summer it gets over 5 hours of sunlight. Could the visible scorching be caused by this and be solved by transplanting to shade. Or is it indicative of a pest problem?

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1 Response

Hi, thanks for using E-extension. It looks like you have a Marsh Fern, Thelypteris palulstris, or another member of the Thelypteris genus.
These guys like some sunlight with partial shade. The drying out could be sunburn, but just as likely some fronds dried out. I don't see anything indicative of a pest problem in your picture.
Hope you find this helpful,
Nicole