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Woodwardia orientalis

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Oriental Chain Fern (Woodwardia orientalis) at Roger's Gardens

Oriental Chain Fern

Oriental Chain Fern

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Height:  4 feet

Spread:  6 feet

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  8a

Description:

This large evergreen fern adds a tropical look to your garden; long, arching fronds are forest green and glossy; excellent for woodland groundcover in warm climates and is great for large patio containers and baskets

Ornamental Features

Oriental Chain Fern's attractive glossy ferny pinnately compound leaves remain forest green in color throughout the year. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Oriental Chain Fern is a dense herbaceous evergreen fern with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Oriental Chain Fern is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Oriental Chain Fern will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years.

This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America.

Oriental Chain Fern is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Garden  Groundcover  Container 
Applications
Foliage Color  Texture 
Ornamental Features