Woodwardia fimbriata

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Woodwardia fimbriata
Woodwardia fimbriata

Species Name: Woodwardia fimbriata
Common Name: Giant Chain Fern

UC Davis Arboretum All-Stars plant! An large fern excellent as an accent in shaded areas. Fronds are large, lacy and beautiful. Recommended in a woodland setting, especially near a pond or stream.

Plant Family: Blechnaceae
Plant Type: Perennial
Height by Width: 6' H x 4' W
Growth Habit: Upright, arching fronds
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Moderate
Sun Exposure: Full or part shade
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Regular
Cold Hardy to: Frost tender
Flower Season: N/A
Flower Color: N/A
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: Throughout California
Natural Habitat: Near streams and springs

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Care and Maintenance

  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "The most useful of the native ferns, having long graceful fronds of a vivid shade of light green, often 4 to 5 feet in length. Creates a wonderful effect on a shady bank or under trees, and very striking when planted against a wall or building in a shady spot. Very hardy and easy to grow. Gallon cans, 50c; 5 gallon cans, $1.50."
Other Names
  • Woodwardia chamissoi
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.