Blechnum spicant
“Deer Fern”
Blechnum spicant “Deer Fern”


Yes!! We finally have something to offer all you Pteridomaniacs out there (that’s FERN-lovers, for all of you wondering) & this should make the endemiphytomaniacs (which is a word I just made up for you native-plant-aholics) pretty pleased, too! Named “Deer Fern” because native peoples observed deer using the plant medicinally – rubbing their sore antler stubs on its fronds to help them heal. Golly, WHAT ELSE do the deer know?? Two frond types can be found on the plant – the tall, ladder like fronds that grow upright from the center of the plant are fertile & deciduous. The others are low-lying & evergreen. A little sun is fine, but ferns are made for the shade! Deep shade, even. Rich, humus-ey soil, in a cool moist spot should keep this fern happiest, but once established, DRY SHADE is just fine. Height ranges from 8-20” depending on the season, & the width of a mature clump is around 3’. Range includes California & reaches North all the way to Alaska.

Claire Woods


Pt.Shade/Deep Shade
Low/Reg Water

USDA Zones 5-10