|Herring Bone Fern|
|Deer Tongue Fern|
|Blechnum spicant subsp. nipponicum||Synonym|
|Blechnum spicant var. elongatum||Synonym|
|Sun Requirements:||Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
|Water Preferences:||Wet Mesic
|Minimum cold hardiness:||Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
|Plant Height:||1 to 3 feet (30-91cm)|
|Plant Spread:||1 to 3 feet (30-91cm)|
Other: Has both evergreen and decidous fronds.
|Suitable Locations:||Bog gardening
Suitable for forage
|Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on Sep 29, 2013 11:39 AM
Native in the Pacific Northwest from British Columbia to California, mostly west of the Cascade Mountains, found in the forest understory. A much more delicate form than the sword fern. The plant has two types of fronds: sterile evergreen leaves that are often pressed to the ground, and upright fertile deciduous leaves. Leaves may be used for skin sores, and are an important winter food source for deer and elk.
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