Japanese Beech Fern
Japanese Beech Fern
Thelypteris decursive-pinnataItem #0509 USDA Hardiness Zone: 4 - 9
Beautiful, lush green foliage produces a graceful form. Offsets on short runners gently spread to form large colonies in moist or dry shade. Popular for shaded rock gardens and naturalizes in mixed woodlands. Semi-evergreen.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full to partial shadeWatering Needs:Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more.Average Landscape Size:Fast growing; reaches 3 ft. tall and as wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:the-LIP-ter-is deh-KUR-siv pih-NAY-tuhPlant type:FernDeciduous/evergreen:Semi-evergreenSunset climate zones:1 - 6, 32 - 43Growth habit:SpreadingGrowth rate:FastAverage landscape size:Fast growing; reaches 3 ft. tall and as wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:Prized for foliage.Garden styleAsian/ZenDesign IdeasA perfect space filler to flesh out shade gardens and landscapes under large shade trees or groves. Exceptional for filling gaps in rock waterfalls where shade prevents other plants. A good problem solver for narrow sideyards and fleshes out difficult north facing foundation planting.Companion PlantsSolomon's Seal (Polygonatum); Lungwort (Pulmonaria); Hosta (Hosta); Bleeding Heart (Dicentra); Ligularia (Ligularia)
- CareCare InformationThrives in moist, humus-rich, slightly acidic soils; does not tolerate dry soils. Best foliage color in part shade. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Feed during growing season with a general purpose fertilizer. Cut back old fronds after new growth begins in spring.Light Needs:Full to partial shadeWatering Needs:Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more.
- History & LoreHistory:This wide ranging Asian fern can be found in most of China and its immediate neighbors. It was formerly known as the winged beech fern due to its association with beech forest flora. It's former genus is Phegopterys and may be found extensively under this genus.Lore:Because ferns do not produce flowers but rather by nearly invisible spores, they were thought to be mysterious in ancient times. Therefore the plants have long been associated with invisibility spells and sorcery.