The autumn fern is a non-native, evergreen. It can be found in various landscapes throughout Kiawah Island. When planted in mass, autumn ferns provide good ground cover. Mass plantings of this fern can provide a natural edge or vertical transition zone between a forest buffer and your yard, enhancing your yard's habitat value for native wildlife. Dense ground cover, like this, is especially important for reptiles, amphibians and small mammals. Autumn ferns thrive in shade, but can take a little sun as well.