Blechnum spicant - Deer Fern

Deer Fern

Blechnum spicant

Also called Hard Fern

  • Stiff, narrow, leathery, deep green fronds
  • Two kinds of fronds are produced
  • Some are sterile, narrow and glossy green
  • Others are fertile 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

ZONE:
5

COLOUR:
Non-flowering

HEIGHT:
45-60 cm

SPREAD:
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.