Deer Fern (Blechnum spicant): Bundle of 5 plugs


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At a Glance: Medium-sized evergreen fern

Height: Up to 2ft tall
Leaves: Sterile fronds are up to 2ft and often pressed against the ground; evergreen, leathery and oblong with leaflets tapering at the top and bottom. Fertile fronds are deciduous upright fronds in the center of the sterile fronds with smaller leaflets.

Appeal: Beautiful bright green dainty fern. Does well in full shade and has a high transplanting success rate.

Ethnobotany: Young leaves were chewed by Hesquiat hunters as a hunger suppressant. Leaves were used as a medicine for sores.

Sun/Shade Tolerance Hydrology Elevation Range
 full sun > 80%
 mostly sunny 60%-80%
 partial sun and shade 40%- 60%
 mostly shady 60%-80%
 full shade > 80%


 low elevation
 mid elevation
 high elevation


Wildlife Value
 Nectar for hummingbirds
 Nectar for butterflies
 Host for insect larvae
 Thickets and shelter
 Thorny or protective cover
Important winter food source for deer and elk


Pojar, Jim, and Andy MacKinnon. Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast: Washington, Oregon, British Columbia & Alaska. Revised ed. Redmond, Wash.: B.C. Ministry of Forests and Lone Pine Pub., 2004. Print.

“Sound Native Plants.” Sound Native Plants. Web. 31 Oct. 2014.