Woodwardia fimbriata

Also known as:

  • Giant Chain Fern
  • Western Chain Fern

Plant Type

fern

Zones

8a-10b

Size

H:3'-6'
W:3'-8'

Growing Conditions

Soil Needs:

well-drained, rich

Water Needs:

even moisture, regular, occasional, low, drought tolerant

Special Situation:

verticillium wilt resistant

Sun Exposure:

bright shade, dappled shade, mostly shade, shade

Features

Foliage Color:

green

Wildlife:

deer resistant

Texture:

glossy

Foliage Season:

evergreen

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The classic, redwood forest, understory fern, this monster can reach well above head height, up to 6' tall x 6-8' wide, in a moist, cool, shaded glen where the frost does not linger. Remains evergreen most winters. A sturdy native of the west coast, this clone has lingered where others fail. Rich, fertile soil with regular and plentiful moisture for best performance and size. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.

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Giant Chain Fern is a native to coastal California to British Columbia. The plant can get 4-8’ wide with evergreen fronds. Should be in a protected spot. Our plant is among rhododendrons and withstood 6-8 °F.

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Evergreen, large, lance shaped fronds, toothed margins. Large & dramatic Zone 8-9. 3'-5', PNW, part shade-shade, moist, well drained.

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Large native fern, potentially growing to 9' tall, though usually much smaller in a garden setting. A vigorous, fast-growing species with coarse, light green fronds rising from a woody basal clump, the giant chain fern makes a strong upright silhouette that offers dramatic flair against a shaded wall. Suitable beside ponds or streams or for understory plantings with other woodland species; lilies growing up through the fronds make for an alluring combination. Best in part shade, but well-watered specimens will tolerate a surprising amount of sun. In shaded positions established plants are quite drought tolerant. Cut older fronds to the base to encourage lush springtime growth. Hardy to 10F. Western British Columbia to Southern California.

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Huge arching, graceful fronds with coarse dark green pinnate pinnatifid blades that are lanceolate with a chain of sori that curl about on the undersides. Plant in partial sun to full shade & moist soil; never drying out. Zones 8 to 10. Height: 3 to 6 feet. Evergreen.

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THEE PERFECT prehistoric plant for that pesky dry shade spot! Native to the woodlands of California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Arizona & British Columbia, Woodwardia fimbriata is the largest fern endemic to North America. Evergreen fronds have been known to reach 9' tall, but in a garden setting will most likely grow 4-6' tall & wide. If given extra Summer water "Woody" can deal with full sun, but prefers shadier spots. The Karok, Yurok & Tolowa tribes crafted baskets using fibers of this giant. A generous topping of compost in Fall will be much appreciated. Drought tolerant once established.

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Williams, Oregon

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Large plumes of these enormous fronds (to 6') grace wooded, forested slopes, stream banks; springs of the Pacific NW. The sturdy stalks (too good to be wasted!) were used by Indians in basketry. Sun-PSh/Med-Wet

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Give this one plenty of room. Native to the Redwood forests on the West Coast of Oregon, California and parts of Canada and Mexico. Hardy to +10 degrees.

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Port Townsend, Washington

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Western Chain Fern. Who says we don't grow natives? We just don't grow B-O-R-I-N-G ones. Ok, now I've offended you. Please, sell me on Salal, Red Alder, Scouler's Willow, Big Leaf Maple and Doug Fir. I'm waiting. This fern rocks in shaded moist areas with 5' evergreen fronds.

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