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DAVALLIA fejeensis

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James Burghardt

Family

Davalliaceae

Botanical Name

DAVALLIA fejeensis

Plant Common Name

Rabbit's Foot Fern

General Description

This elegant evergreen fern derives its common name from its fuzzy exposed rhizomes (creeping stems), which anchor it to trees and rocks in its native Polynesia.

The mid-green, triangular, arching fronds arise from a network of long, exposed, silver-furred rhizomes. The fronds are lacily divided into numerous pinnate segments. Selections such as 'Plumosa' have especially finely divided, feathery fronds.

This fern likes bright shade, humidity, even moisture, and frost-free temperatures. It is an excellent subject for hanging baskets, bark slabs, or rocks. Indoors, grow it in an east-facing window or warm shady greenhouse. Propagation is by spores or by division of the clumps.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    10 - 11

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2

  • Plant Type

    Fern

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    8"-20" / 20.3cm - 50.8cm

  • Width

    16"-60" / 40.6cm - 152.4cm

  • Native To

    Polynesia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Arching/Fountain-shaped

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    None

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green

  • Bark Color

    Brown, Sandy Brown, Silver

  • 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

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Groundcover, Hanging Basket, Houseplant, Rock Garden / Wall, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No