• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full to partial shade
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Fast growing to 3 ft. tall and as wide.
    Key Feature:
    Shade Loving
    Spore-producing; does not flower.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:the-LIP-ter-is deh-KUR-siv pih-NAY-tuh
    Plant type:Fern
    Sunset climate zones:1 - 6, 32 - 43
    Growth habit:Spreading
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Fast growing to 3 ft. tall and as wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Spore-producing; does not flower.
    Garden styleAsian/Zen
    Design 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)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Thrives in moist, humus-rich, slightly acidic soils. Best foliage color in part shade. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Do not let the soil dry out. Feed during growing season with a general purpose fertilizer. Cut back old fronds after new growth begins in spring.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Shade
    Full to partial shade
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    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.
    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.