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Blechnum patersonii (Strap water fern)

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Plant description

blechnum pattersonii strap water fern 1

blechnum pattersonii strap water fern 2jpg

An interesting evergreen fern native to eastern Australia, it has upright green fronds with red new young fronds. It naturally grows in wet and shady places, so needs simillar conditions in the garden. Useful for damp areas and shady spots. Good for container growing. Feed with half strength fertiliser in the warmer months. Grows to around 60 centimetres high and wide.

Further reading: Top ten native plants and Best natives for pots and small gardens (articles written by native plant expert and horticulturalist Angus Stewart).

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: not specified
Flowering season: not specified

Plant size

Maximum height: 0.6 metres
Minimum height: 0.4 metres

Maximum width: 0.6 metres
Minimum width: 0.4 metres

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

Will tolerate partial sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Not specified.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate, subtropical, tropical.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: wet, moist.

Clay: wet, moist.

Sand: wet, moist.

Miscellaneous information

Native to: Australia.

Planting season: Any.

Types of fertiliser: Half strength liquid fertiliser.

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