Blechnum spicant

Family: Blechnaceae

Countries: Africa, Algeria, Asia, Austria, Azores, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canary Islands, Central America, Denmark, England, Europe, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Middle East, Netherlands, North America, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Scotland, South America, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Wales, Yugoslavia

I love Blechnum spicant, it’s such a handsome, charming little fern, with its narrow, dark green coloured pinnate fronds.  Depending on this fern’s particular stage of growth, Blechnum spicant may form low growing rosettes with the sterile fronds leaning out horizontally, or if the fertile fronds are more predominantly growing, plants will appear as more upright and erect in their habit.  Either way, I think this is an adorable little fern, one that’s certain to enhance any woodland or shade garden.

Plant Blechnum spicant in fertile clay or rich, loamy soils, in a location where your ferns will enjoy growing in full or partial shade.  Apply a mulch of home-made compost and leaf mould after planting and at least once a year thereafter   This charming little fern grows to around 50cm (1.5ft) tall and spreads to around 50cm (1.5ft) wide.  Hardy to around – 15C (5F).

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