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BLECHNUM gibbum 'Silver Lady'

Image of Blechnum gibbum 'Silver Lady'

James Burghardt

Family

Blechnaceae

Botanical Name

BLECHNUM gibbum 'Silver Lady'

Plant Common Name

Dwarf Treefern, Silver Lady Treefern

General Description

'Silver Lady' is a perennial evergreen fern selection with mildly silvery-green, lance-like fronds on a slender trunk-like rhizome. Over time, fronds can grow quite long and beautiful.

Plant Silver Lady tree fern in moist, fertile, acidic soil in shade and water frequently during the warmth of the growing season. Increased humidity aids in the best development of perfect fronds. Its formal appearance makes a striking accent in the shady tropical garden. Also this fern would be pretty as a containerized specimen in a shaded patio or courtyard pavillion.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 10

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    11 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Fern

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    3'-6' / 0.9m - 1.8m (3)

  • Width

    3'-3' / 0.9m - 0.9m (3)

  • Native To

    Melanesia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    None

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Gray Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No