Blechnum spicant

Deer fern

Fern Facts

Evergreen

Hardiness (USDA zones): 5-8

Size: 18" - 30"

Size (cm): 46cm-76cm

Height and Spread: Medium - 1' to 3' in height or spread in 5 years

Light Requirements: Deep shade tolerant

Garden Use: Ground cover

Origin: Africa, Europe, North America, Russia

Description

A resilient Pacific Northwest native that prefers moist shade.  It produces a crisp mound of vegetative fronds, and sends up separate fertile fronds to release their spores high above the ground.  Blechnum spicant can not tolerate any lime in the soil.  Avoid using all purpose fertilizers.

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