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Loughmiller, Campbell and Lynn
Blechnum spicant (L.) Sm.
USDA Symbol: BLSP
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
A 1-3 ft., evergreen fern with several fronds from a basal tuft. The fronds are of two types: the outer, sterile fronds with broader pinnae surrounding a few fertile fronds. Each cluster of fronds arises from a short, creeping, woody rhizome.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb
, Fern Leaf Retention: Evergreen Leaf:
Dark Green Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Not Applicable
Bloom Notes: Not a flowering plant. Reproduces by spores.
AK , CA , ID , OR , WA Canada: BC Native Distribution:
Interruptedly circumboreal, s. in America in from coastal AK to c. CA; also n. ID Native Habitat:
Moist or wet, dense woods USDA Native Status: L48(N), AK(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use:
High Light Requirement:
Part Shade , Shade Soil Moisture:
Moist , Wet CaCO3 Tolerance:
Medium Drought Tolerance:
High Soil Description:
Moist soils. Conditions Comments:
A common fern
in the wild that is very tractable in the garden.
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
- Santa Barbara, CA
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Record Modified: 2009-02-11
Research By: TWC Staff