Blechnum spicant

An Exceptional Fern with Two Frond Sets
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Features to Note


5 - 8

Mature Height

24 IN

Mature Width

24 IN

Light Requirements

Part Shade

Moisture Requirements

Moist, well-drained

Soil Tolerance

Normal, loamy

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range
5 - 8
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The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatibility range of this variety before ordering.


This exceptional deer fern has two frond sets: an 8- to 24-inch long set of stiff, leathery, dark green sterile fronds that tend to grow horizontally and lay on the ground, forming an evergreen rosette that adds winter interest; and a 16- to 24-inch long set of fertile fronds that grow vertically, rising and fountaining from the center of the crown, and wither at summer's end.

Plant with big, bold shade plants, such as hydrangea and hosta, to add contrasting fine, ferny texture. Deer and rabbit resistant.

Uses: Shade Garden, Border, Under Story Planting

Genus name comes from the classical Greek name blechnon for a fern


Genus: Blechnum
Species: spicant
Item Form: 1-Gallon
Category: Perennials
Habit: Mound-shaped
USDA Zone Low: 5
USDA Zone High: 8
Uses: Beds, Border, Containers
Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8
State Shipping Restrictions: GU, HI, PR, VI
Discount Exempt: No



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