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Blechnum penna-marina (Alpine water fern)

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Plant description

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A small growing evergreen fern native to South America and Australia, it is mat forming and dense. New growth can be reddish. Good for part shade to full shade, and an easy care fern. Likes cool and moist growing conditions, and is good in containers. Feed with half strength liquid fertiliser. If growing indoors, mist regularly to increase humidity.

Propagation is by spores or by division of the plant in spring.

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: 0.5 metres
Minimum height: 0.1 metres

Maximum width: 0.5 metres
Minimum width: 1 metres

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

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

Fauna attracting?

Not specified.

Climate

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

Soil types & conditions

Loam: wet, moist.

Clay: wet, moist.

Sand: wet, moist.

Miscellaneous information

Native to: Australia.

Planting season: not specified.

Types of fertiliser: Half strength liquid fertiliser.

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