Blechnum spicant, Deer Fern

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Deer Fern

A California Native fern that can be found near the coast of Santa Cruz.  It can reach three and a half feet tall by two feet wide.  This fern has two types of leaves-sterile and fertile.  The sterile leaves have flat wavy leaves and the fertile leaves are narrower and stand upright.  

This fern goes dormant in the winter - you should cut back dead fronds in the late winter, early spring.  

Plant with: Coast Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens), Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii), Firs (Abies sp.), Spruce (Picea sp.), and Western Hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla), other native ferns such as Giant Chain Fern (Woodwardia fimbriata), Thimbleberry (Rubus parviflorus), Salal (Gaultheria shallon), Blueberry (Vaccinium sp.), Wild Ginger (Asarum caudatum), and Elk's Clover (Aralia californica)

- Shade, part shade

- Water once a month in the summer

- Native to California