Felt Fern foliage
(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)
Height: 12 inches
Spread: 24 inches
Hardiness Zone: 6b
Other Names: Three Finger Fern
A rare, attractive evergreen fern with thick, three lobed leaves that have a coppery felt on the undersides; an excellent selection for rock gardens or containers; drought tolerant and takes summer heat well
Felt Fern's attractive lobed leaves remain light green in color with curious coppery-bronze undersides throughout the year. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.
Felt Fern is an herbaceous evergreen fern with a mounded form. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.
This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Felt Fern is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Felt Fern will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live to a ripe old age of 499 years or more; think of this as a heritage fern for future generations!
This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This species is not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division.
Felt Fern is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a canvas of foliage against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.