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Blechnum penna-marina


Blechnum penna-marina forms thick evergreen mats of small, upward-facing, once-pinnate, glossy, dark green fronds.

The alpine water fern, Blechnum penna-marina, forms thick evergreen mats of small, upward-facing, once-pinnate, glossy, dark green fronds that are flushed copper-burgundy when young. A perfect edger for a shader border or specimen for a shaded rockery where it will slowly creep into nice colonies. It is native to Chile, New Zealand, and Australia.

Common Name: Alpine Water Fern

Family: Blechnaceae (The Deer or Chain Fern Family)

Zone Hardiness: 7-10

Light: , Full Shade, Part Shade, Part Sun

Height: 4-8"

Width: 12-24"

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Class: Evergreen

Type: Perennial

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Soil Moisture: Average, Moist

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Fragrance: No

Berries: No


Deer Resistant: Unknown

BC Native: No

Native Habitat: Woods, heaths, moors, mountain grassland and on rocks to 1200m. Mesic to wet forests, peat bogs, streambanks and clearings in lowland and montane zones.

Award: AGM

Geogrpahical Origin: Americas - Central and South America

Asia and the Pacific - Australasia

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