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Loughmiller, Campbell and Lynn
Blechnum spicant (L.) Sm.
Synonym(s): Blechnum spicant ssp. nipponicum, Blechnum spicant var. elongatum, Lomaria spicant, Osmunda spicant, Struthiopteris spicant
USDA Symbol: blsp
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.
, 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
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.
National Wetland Indicator Status
|Status:|| FAC || FAC || FAC |
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
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
Record Last Modified: 2009-02-11
Research By: TWC Staff