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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.

Blechnum spicant

Leaf Characteristics

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

Plant Anatomy

Foliage growth cycle : Evergreen

Average size maturity width : 3 ft.

Average size maturity height : 1-3 ft.

Cultural Information

USDA Zone : 0 to 5 F (Z7a)

Sunset zone : 2b-7, 14-19, 24

Water requirements : Regular

Light exposure : Partial Shade

Landscape Attributes

Attractive bark :Yes

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