Woodwardia fimbriata

Common Name:
Giant chain fern
Plant Type:
Evergreen fern
Blechnaceae (The Deer Fern Family)
Geographic Origin:
California Native?:
Plant Size:
5 feet+
Landscape/Garden Uses:
Mixed plantings
Flowering Season:
not a flowering plant
Flower Color:
Not applicable
Sun or light shade
Most soils
Suggested Irrigation:
Regular watering
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 0 degrees F. or less
Our largest native fern is often encountered along creeks and mountain seeps. Rather coarsely cut, light green fronds rise 4-9 feet each spring from a creeping rhizome, persisting until late winter. This plant tolerates full sun along the coast and thrives in part shade anywhere. Most soils, regular watering. Hardy to about 0 degrees F.