I bought this giant chain fern (Woodwardia fimbrata) last year at the HPSO Hortlandia sale. I wasn't sure how it would like the rain garden. I knew it would like the winter wet but I didn't know if it would be able to take the dryness in summer, not to mention the midday sun.
Well, this guy has behaved like a champ. It gets the carwash treatment in summer instead of a proper slow soak and yet it never showed signs of wilting or browning. I suspect I got lucky but I'll take it.
Better yet, it reproduced.
I hope it will continue to reproduce because I would love for this area to be covered in giant ferns. In the wild these ferns can get to 10' tall. Whoa.
The stats (source: Encyclopedia of Northwest Native Plants for Gardens and Landscapes):
- Zones 6a-9b
- Prefers moist to wet soil
- Full to part shade
- 5x5' in a garden setting, much larger in the wild
My favorite plant in the garden this week is hosted by Loree at Danger Garden. Be sure to check out what she's liking this week!