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PlantFiles: Squirrel's Foot Fern, Hare's Foot Fern, Black Rabbit's Foot Fern
Davallia trichomanoides

Family: Davalliaceae
Genus: Davallia (dav-VAL-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: trichomanoides (trik-oh-may-NOY-deez) (Info)

3 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
By simple layering

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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7 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive mjsponies On Oct 11, 2010, mjsponies from DeLand/Deleon Springs, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

Got mine as two tiny little shoots last year. Kept potting them up and now they are in a 14 in, wire basket and their 'feet" hang over the edge. They grow in best in high dappled shade or light shade. I found either in a bit of sun or deep shade they didn't do as well.
Allow to dry out between waterings, every once in a while I'll feed with fish emulsion.

Positive BayAreaTropics On Jul 1, 2006, BayAreaTropics from Hayward, CA wrote:

One of the easiest ferns to grow outdoors,That is the only way I have kept them. Shade, water, and protection from the elements are all they ask.I have even planted them on rotting logs and watched them slowly creep over the logs with furry feet.

Positive elynmac On Jul 17, 2004, elynmac from Providence, RI wrote:

I have had one for 23 years, and it has thrived, made new plants, and been a wonderful friend.

Positive Debsroots On May 8, 2004, Debsroots from Northwest, MO (Zone 5a) wrote:

I grow this plant indoors only. It stays in a north facing window and does very well. Water about once per week. I have had mine for approximately 5 years. Started new plants off of the rhizomes....takes several weeks for the new plants to take off.

Positive brojared On Oct 17, 2003, brojared wrote:

I grow about twelve of these beautifull ferns in the Central Valley of California. The hot Summers (over 100degrees) are hard on them, but hey make it through. They have to be shaded from the full summer sun. They are the hardiest of ferns that I grow.

Positive trunikjc On Jun 17, 2003, trunikjc from Middletown, CT wrote:

A great unique plant. Grows well in fluorescent light. Lives inside, 24 hour shop with light on most of the time. It's flourished in the 4 years since I was given several "legs" to grow. I tried sticking directly into dirt and into water for a few weeks first - both work well. Water every week or two. Sometimes leave dry up and fall off, but grow back from another "knuckle".

Positive Azalea On Aug 28, 2002, Azalea from Jonesboro, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Interesting fern with hairy type rhizomes. These tropical ferns make excellant baskets for patios or under trees in summmer. Its best to use wire baskets lined with moss. In time, the rhizomes will cling to the shape of the basket covering the whole thing.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Pine Level, Alabama
Troy, Alabama
Gilroy, California
Hayward, California
Knights Landing, California
Merced, California
Rio Linda, California
San Jose, California (2 reports)
Santa Monica, California
Middletown, Connecticut
Bartow, Florida
Big Pine Key, Florida
Clearwater, Florida
Deland, Florida
Dunnellon, Florida
Hollywood, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Pompano Beach, Florida
Saint Cloud, Florida
Spring Hill, Florida
Honomu, Hawaii
Hollywood, South Carolina
Baytown, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Spring, Texas

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