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Lace Fern

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FERMSL
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SKU:
FERMSL
Weight:
22.00 LBS
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3 feet
_description-width:
3 feet
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Partial Shade, Shade
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Microlepia strigosa
Evergreen or Deciduous:
Evergreen
Family:
Microlepia
Foliage Color:
Green
Genus:
Fern
Growth Rate:
Fast
Hardiness Zone:
8b
Landscape Uses:
Accent, Massing, Groundcover, Container, Basket
Mature Height:
3 feet
Mature Width:
3 feet
Prune Time:
Should Not Need Pruning
Light Needs:
Partial Shade, Shade
Water Needs:
Average to Wet
_callout-4|Light Needs:
Partial Shade, Shade
_callout-25|Foliage Color:
Green
_callout-17|Landscape Uses:
Accent, Massing, Groundcover, Container, Basket

Product Overview

Microlepia strigosa
Delicate looking, yet sturdy fronds that emerge light green and mature to a medium green, arch gracefully outwards; a spectacular groundcover for a woodland area; does best in light shade, or just morning sun

Lace Fern is a dense herbaceous evergreen fern with an upright spreading habit of growth. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration:

  • Suckering

Lace Fern is recommended for the following landscape applications:

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Groundcover
  • Container Planting
  • Hanging Baskets

Features

Lace Fern's attractive ferny bipinnately compound leaves emerge light green in spring, turning forest green in color the rest of the year. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Planting & Growing

Lace Fern will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 24 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It is quite adaptable, prefering to grow in average to wet conditions, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division.

Lace Fern is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor containers and hanging baskets. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

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