Hard Fern

Blechnum spicant

Hard Fern - Blechnum spicant

Common Name: Hard Fern
Genus: Blechnum
Species: spicant

Category: Ferns
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has interesting foliage, Suitable for growing in containers

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.75 m (75 cm)
Sun/Shade: Partial shade or Deep shadeSpread: 0.45 m (45 cm)

Foliage Type: Evergreen
Foliage Colour: Green

Soil Type: Acidic
Ericaceous: Requires a neutral or acid soil (or ericaceous compost), with a pH of 7 or below
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

  • Soil: moist humus-rich acid soil (or a mixture of 1 part lime-free loam, 1 part medium-grade bark chippings, 1 part charcoal, two parts sharp sand, 3 parts coarse leafmould for container- grown specimens)

    As they age, the feathery dark green fronds of this handsome evergreen 'hard fern' spread semi-horizontally to form an attractive rosette-like shape. It provides all-year interest for shady areas of the garden and companionship for shade-loving woodland plants.
  • Garden Care: Incorporate lots of well-rotted leaf mould, composted pine needles or garden compost into the planting hole.