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Woodwardia fimbriata


Giant chain fern (Woodwardia fimbriata) is the largest fern in North America with 8 foot long fronds!

Giant chain fern (Woodwardia fimbriata) is a dramatic west coast native and the largest fern in North America occurring from southern BC to California. It forms evergreen fronds up to eight feet long and has been observed forming massive clumps 7-8 feet tall in wet, mild coastal habitats. In the garden it is more likely to grow 4-6 feet tall but go for gold and give it lots of rich compost and moisture. Tolerant of more sun in coastal climates and with good soil moisture.

Common Name: Giant Chain Fern

Family: Blechnaceae (The Deer or Chain Fern Family)

Zone Hardiness: 8-10

Light: Full Shade, Part Shade

Height: 4-6'

Width: 5-8'

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Class: Evergreen

Type: Perennial

Bloom Time: Spring - Winter

Soil Moisture: Average, Moist, Wet

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Fragrance: No



Deer Resistant: Yes

BC Native: Yes

Native Habitat: Wet forests, seeps, streams, moist bogs, coastal cliffs.


Geogrpahical Origin: Americas - North America

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