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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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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, Ground Cover
Light NeedsFull shade, Partial shade
Special FeatureEasy Care, North American Native Selection
Water NeedsHigh
Watering NeedsKeep soil moist to wet.
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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