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Do you like Woodwardia fimbriata?

Eureka, CA

I'm looking for a tall fern to plant in a bed on the north side of my house. I saw a Giant Chain Fern in my local nursery and thought it looked really pretty. Do any of you have one in your garden? Are you pleased with it? Is it invasive?

Hiouchi, CA(Zone 8b)

hi Smoskaly
welcome to DG
i have purchased Woodwardia fimbriata 3 years in a row now
and they are just not doing good here for me amongst the redwoods
not sure what i'm doing wrong either


Eureka, CA

Hi Dick,

I see you live in my general area. Thanks for the welcome!

One of my neighbors has a Giant Chain Fern growing quite successfully, so I decided to go ahead and buy one. I planted it against the north wall of my house. I'll let you know how this works out, posting a picture if it grows well.

I'm surprised to hear they are not growing well amongst your redwoods. Since I am in redwood territory also, will keep my fingers crossed.


Beautiful, BC(Zone 8b)

I had a chance to visit the most northern native stand of Woodwardia fimbriata on Texada Island, BC. They seem to like ditches under branch cover, sides of streams, marshy spots and anywhere they are moist during the summer but not standing in water. They seem to get their biggest where fallen branches protect the crown during the winter. In the open moist spot the leaves turn a light green and in the shade a dark green. My favorite native fern that seems to be doing well in my own garden.

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Hiouchi, CA(Zone 8b)

Wow Growing
that is an impressive plant you have there, is it in a pot ?
i just received 6 more to try :-) after seeing a bunch in a friends backyard nearby
just had to try again, plus i think one under the redwoods is trying to come back
this time will try in several different spots.
i always lost them in the summer, so you'r right about the summer being too dry


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