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Deer Fern

Blechnum spicant

SKU
02812
This deep shade-loving fern produces two distinctly different types of fronds on one plant: evergreen, outward-reaching sterile fronds with denser leaflets, creating a slightly flattened rosette year-round, and stiffly upright, fertile fronds with narrower, less dense leaflets that last through summer, giving it added seasonal interest.
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5-8

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Botanical PronunciationBLEK-num SPIK-ant
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing; reaches 8 to 20 in. tall, 24 in. wide.
Bloom TimePrized for foliage.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Contemporary, Cottage, Rustic
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Mass Planting, Rock Garden, Woodland Garden, Coastal Exposure, Ground Cover
Light NeedsFull shade, Partial shade
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureClump Forming, Easy Care, Gift Plant, Naturalizes Well, North American Native Selection, Shade Loving, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Tolerates Wet Soils
Water NeedsHigh
Watering NeedsWater regularly to maintain wet or evenly moist soil - weekly or more.
Companion PlantsMukdenia (Mukdenia); Columbine (Aquilegia); Hosta (Hosta); Lungwort (Pulmonaria); Bleeding Heart (Dicentra)

Thrives in humus-rich, well-drained, neutral to very acidic soils with consistent moisture. Tolerates heavy shade; shelter from sun exposure. Fertilize frequently during growing season. Remove faded fertile fronds at summer's end; remove old, faded sterile fronds after new growth begins in spring. Slowly spreads by rhizomes.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 5-8

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