Chain Fern

Thu, Apr 10, 2008


Chain Fern - Woodwardia radicans
Latin name:
Woodwardia radicans

Description: Spectacular evergreen fern with arching, broadly lance-shaped mid-green fronds up to a staggering 2m long, with conspicuous bulbils on the frond tips which root when they touch the ground, hence they chain down mountain sides in the wild over large areas rooting as they go. Like most ferns they require a cool dappled shade position although they can take more sun if well watered. They are very easy plants to grow that deserve to be seen in our gardens more often.

Hardiness: to about -5C in a protected area of the garden

Height: up to 1m

Position: Dappled to light shade

Soil: Moist, well drained soil preferred, though it can take dryer conditions, but will be proportionately smaller.

Water: Mulch well to keep in moisture unless grown in damp areas

Usage: Very striking fern that catches attention. Very useful grown to spill over walls or let chain down banks.

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