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Giant Chain Fern

Woodwardia fimbriata

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Giant Chain Fern (Woodwardia fimbriata) at Connon Nurseries

Giant Chain Fern foliage

Giant Chain Fern foliage

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Height:  6 feet

Spread:  6 feet

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  8a

Description:

A deciuous native fern with shiny green fronds that are gigantic, up to 70 inches; evergreen where hardy; excellent for naturalizing, and woodland groundcover; also great along streams or ponds

Ornamental Features

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

Landscape Attributes

Giant 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.

Giant Chain Fern is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Giant Chain Fern will grow to be about 6 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 3 years.

This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It is quite adaptable, prefering to grow in average to wet conditions, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is native to parts of North America.

Giant 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. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden. Be aware that in our climate, this plant may be too tender to survive the winter if left outdoors in a container. Contact our store for more information on how to protect it over the winter months.

This plant is not reliably hardy in our region, and certain restrictions may apply; contact the store for more information.

 
 
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Characteristics
Massing  Garden  Groundcover  Naturalizing  Container 
Applications
Foliage Color  Texture 
Ornamental Features