Blechnum spicant - Deer Fern

Deer Fern

Blechnum spicant

Also called Hard Fern

  • Leathery narrow deep green fronds
  • Two kinds of fronds are produced:
  • Sterile fronds are narrow and glossy green
  • Fertile fronds are held stiffly erect with a narrow form
  • Central stems on mature branches are dark reddish-brown
  • Spreads slowly by rhizomes
  • Can tolerate full sun in wet conditions
  • Evergreen



45-60 cm

45-60 cm

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Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Blechnum grows best in a rich, moist, well-drained soil, but is very adaptable to sandy soils and clay.  It is best grown in partial to full shade, however, it can be grown in full sun in wet conditions. Old fronds should be cut out in late winter or early spring before the new growth appears.