Blechnum spicant

Beautiful, elegant ornamental clumping fern. Produces long, narrow, dark green, glossy leaf called deer’s tongue.

 

deer fern

Photo credit: Seven Oaks Native Nursery

deer fern

Photo credit: Chris Evans

male deer fern foliage

Photo credit: Chris Evans

  • deer fern
  • deer fern
  • male deer fern foliage

Plant Details

Habitat:
Riparian Forests
Bottomland Forests
Mixed Hardwood-Conifer Forest or Woodland
Mature Height:
8”-2.5’
Shade Preference:
Partial Shade, Full Shade,
Soil Tolerance:
Moist acidic soils
Special Uses:
Provides wildlife forage, cover and food; Ornamental; Deer resistant