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Blechnum spicant

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Blechnum spicant

Botanical Name: Blechnum spicant
Common Name: Deer fern

One of our native ferns found in moist coastal forests. Adds lushness and texture to shaded areas. Looks best with supplemental water in summer.

Plant Family: Blechnaceae
Plant Type: Fern
Height by Width: 2' H x 1-2' W
Growth Habit: Upright
Deciduous/Evergreen: Drought deciduous
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Shade
Soil Preference: Adaptable, acidic
Water Requirements: Regular
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: N/A
Flower Color: N/A
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: Santa Cruz County and points north
Natural Habitat: Shaded moist areas. Sea level to 4,500 feet elevation

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