Davallia Species, Black Rabbit's Foot Fern, Hare's Foot Fern, Squirrel's Foot Fern

Davallia trichomanoides

Family: Davalliaceae
Genus: Davallia (dav-VAL-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: trichomanoides (trik-oh-may-NOY-deez) (Info)
Synonym:Davallia barbata
Synonym:Davallia cylindrica
Synonym:Davallia decora
Synonym:Davallia dissecta
Synonym:Davallia fructuosa


Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade


Grown for foliage


Foliage Color:



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)

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers



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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


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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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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".


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.