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Hen and Chicken Fern

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FERAB

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SKU:
FERAB
Weight:
18.00 LBS
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_description-height:
24 inches
_description-width:
3 feet
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Partial Shade, Shade
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Asplenium bulbiferum
Deer Resistant:
Yes
Evergreen or Deciduous:
Deciduous
Family:
Asplenium
Foliage Color:
Green
Genus:
Spleenwort
Growth Rate:
Slow
Hardiness Zone:
7b
Landscape Uses:
Massing, Edging, Garden, Groundcover, Naturalizing
Mature Height:
24 inches
Mature Width:
3 feet
Prune Time:
Best If Not Pruned
Light Needs:
Partial Shade, Shade
Water Needs:
Moist to Wet
_callout-4|Light Needs:
Partial Shade, Shade
_callout-25|Foliage Color:
Green
_callout-12|Deer Resistant:
Yes
_callout-17|Landscape Uses:
Massing, Edging, Garden, Groundcover, Naturalizing

Product Overview

Asplenium bulbiferum
Elegant, long, delicate looking fronds with small bulbils which develop on the upper surface, these can be replanted; best suited to damp shady areas but is very adaptable and makes a great potted plant

Hen and Chicken Fern is an herbaceous fern with a shapely form and gracefully arching fronds. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and usually looks its best without pruning, although it will tolerate pruning. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Hen and Chicken Fern is recommended for the following landscape applications:

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

Features

Hen and Chicken Fern's attractive ferny bipinnately compound leaves remain chartreuse in color throughout the season. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Planting & Growing

Hen and Chicken Fern will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 15 years.

This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It prefers to grow in moist to wet soil, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for rich, acidic soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone over the growing season to conserve soil moisture. This species is not originally from North America, and parts of it are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised in planting it around children and pets. It can be propagated by division.

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