Japanese Beech Fern

Thelypteris decursive-pinnata

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Super fern for warmer climates. Beautiful, lush green foliage produces a graceful form. Vigorous growth is checked by offsets on short runners to limit invasive spreading. Produces large colonies in moist or dry shade. Popular for shaded rock gardens and naturalizes in mixed woodlands. Herbaceous fern. Semi-evergreen. Fast growing to 3 feet tall and as wide. Non-hardy.
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4 - 9

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Full shade, Partial shade

Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.

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Botanical Pronunciationthe-LIP-ter-is deh-KUR-siv pih-NAY-tuh
LoreBecause 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.
Average Size at MaturityFast growing; reaches 3 ft. tall and as wide.
Bloom TimePrized for foliage.
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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenSemi-Evergreen
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleAsian/Zen
Growth HabitSpreading
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseBorder, Mass Planting, Rock Garden, Water Garden, Woodland Garden, Coastal Exposure, Dry Shade
Light NeedsFull shade, Partial shade
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureEasy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Gift Plant, Naturalizes Well, Shade Loving, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Tolerates Wet Soils, Fast Growing
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
Key FeatureWoodland Garden Plant

Thrives in moist, humus-rich, slightly acidic soils; does not tolerate dry soils. Best foliage color in part shade. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish root system. Feed during growing season with a general purpose fertilizer. Cut back old fronds after new growth begins in spring.

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