Upside Down Fern

Arachniodes standishii

Arching cut-leaf fronds rise from a thick, slowly creeping rhizome. Unique to ferns in that its soft, lacy fronds have an upside-down appearance. An ideal woodland plant for moist, partly shaded areas. A top fern among collectors, the highly textured foliage combines beautifully with shade-loving shrubs and perennials. Semi-evergreen.
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Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.

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Botanical Pronunciationa-rak-nee-OH-dees stan-DISH-she-eye
Average Size at MaturityReaches 18 to 24 in. tall, slowly spreading 12 to 30 in. wide.
Bloom TimePrized for foliage.
Design IdeasThis very attractive fern provides superb feathery texture to the shaded or woodland. For exceptional contrast, plant at the foreground or alongside broad leaved shrubs or perennials with thick foliage such as Hosta or Hellebore. Ideal for a shady spot along a wall or fence, where the lacy foliage provides a lovely silhouette when lit by garden lighting or moonlight.
Deciduous/ EvergreenSemi-evergreen
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Cottage, Rustic, Tropical
Growth HabitColumnar
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Erosion Control, Rock Garden, Very Wet Areas, Woodland Garden, Ground Cover, Hanging Basket
Light NeedsFull shade, Partial shade
Special FeatureClump Forming, Easy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Gift Plant, Shade Loving, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Tolerates Wet Soils
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
Companion PlantsCoral Bells (Heuchera); Ligularia (Ligularia); Hosta (Hosta); Lungwort (Pulmonaria); Bleeding Heart (Dicentra)

Thrives in organically rich, acidic soils. Avoid harsh sun exposure. Provide shelter in colder northern gardens. Water deeply, regularly in first growing season to establish root system; once established, maintain moist soil. Fertilize periodically throughout growing season. Remove old faded fronds after new growth begins in spring.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-8

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