Blechnum spicant

Scientific name: Blechnum spicant


Common names: “Deer fern”

Plant Type: Evergreen perennial fern


Zone: 5-8

Light: Prefers shade, can handle sun with good moisture but looks bad

Exposure: Sheltered

Soil: Clay – sand, prefers high organic matter

Moisture: Moist – wet, tolerant of summer drought


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Plant Size: 2′ H & WImage result for blechnum spicant

Leaf and Stem shape: Glossy green leaves laying flat are sterile, upright thin leaves fertile

Maintenance: Low, only grooming, can cut all the leaves off but it is best to just remove old leaves as they grow

Landscape use: Underplanting of trees, fernery, native garden

Propagate: By spores

Pests & Disease: None in Victoria

*Deer and rabbit resistance

Comments: Native to the Northwest

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