Woodwardia fimbriata

Scientific name: Woodwardia fimbriata


Common names: “Giant chain fern”

Plant Type: Evergreen perennial


Zone: 8-9

Light: Dappled – semi-shade

Exposure: Sheltered

Soil: Neutral, moderately fertile

Moisture: Moist – damp, damp air


Plant Size: 4′-9′ H & W, slow to establish

Leaf and Stem shape: Dramatically large bipinnate, mid-green fronds form an arching and erect rosette

Flower: None

Pruning: Can cut out old fronds or not

Maintenance: Low once established, mulch

Landscape use: On shaded vertical banks dripping water, just over sheltered salt water

Propagate: By spores

Pests & Disease: None in Victoria

*Deer resist

Comments: Native to the West coast from the Malahat to Mexico, rare on the island


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