Chain Fern - Woodwardia Fimbriata
Chain Fern, also known as Giant Chain Fern, is a perennial native to Western Northern America and grows best in zones 8 to 10.
It was introduced to this part of the country from British Columbia. You can mainly find this plant located in wet areas on woodland floors. People love growing this plant for ornamental reasons. The Chain Fern has lovely long upward arching fronds that fan out and make a waterfall shape. It is these characteristics that give it the name "Chain Fern." It is extremely adaptable to many different soil types but does appreciate a wet area. In their natural habitat, you can expect to see them around springs and streams. It's amazing that some of their fronds will grow up to 8 feet in length. Theodore Payne introduced this breed of fern into California. He loved this plant dearly and commented on its beauty as well as it's hardiness. You can expect the Chain Fern to be successful in a pot inside your home, on a patio or in the dirt outside. It does appreciate a partially sunny partially shady or full shade area of the outdoors. This plant will be the most successful in an area that stays wet but drains quickly. The Chain Fern is also appealing because it requires so little effort to care for. As long as its watered and in the good organic soil it shouldn't require much attention from you. If you do notice some dry fronds feel free to remove them from the plant to encourage new growth. It's exciting to know this plant is deer resistant if you would like to keep deer away from certain plants. It grows at a moderate speed as well so don't expect it to reach 8 feet in a couple years; it will definitely need some more time than that. Although, it will be a great addition to keep in the garden and observe its development throughout the upcoming years.