Deer Fern, Deer Tongue Fern
Native primarily to coastal forests, this medium-sized, evergreen fern has glossy, erect, fronds. Deer fern is dimorphic, having two strikingly different types of fronds. The sterile fronds are lance-shaped to narrowly elliptic, whereas the fertile fronds are taller, narrower, and stiffly erect, with slender, widely spaced leaflets. Can be difficult to grow in areas of high heat and low humidity.
Leaf notes : Dimorphic: the sterile and fertile leaves are notably different in size or shape.
Leaf length : 12-36"
Leaf shape : Lance-shaped to narrowly elliptic
Leaf color : Green
Foliage growth cycle : Evergreen
Average size maturity width : 3 ft.
Average size maturity height : 1-3 ft.
USDA Zone : 0 to 5 F (Z7a)
Sunset zone : 2b-7, 14-19, 24
Water requirements : Regular
Light exposure : Partial Shade
Attractive bark :Yes