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DAVALLIA sinensis

Image of Davallia sinensis

Gerald L. Klingaman

Family

Davalliaceae

Botanical Name

DAVALLIA sinensis

Plant Common Name

Rabbit's Foot Fern

General Description

Given their common name for their fuzzy creeping rhizomes (ground-level stems), hare’s-foot ferns are evergreen or semi-evergreen perennials found throughout the Asian tropics. Many are epiphytic or lithophytic, forming large clumps on trees or rocks. This species, Davallia sinensis has the typical much-divided, soft fronds, gathered in a nodding clump.

In frost-free areas, give it bright shade and moist, highly organic, well-drained soil. Like most Hare's-foot ferns, it is an excellent subject for hanging baskets, bark slabs, or rocks. Give it an east-facing window or shady greenhouse.It does does best in humid conditions. Propagation is by spores or by division of the clumps.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    9 - 11

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 17, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Fern

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    1'-4' / 0.3m - 1.2m

  • Width

    1'-4' / 0.3m - 1.2m

  • Native To

    Mediterranean, Northern Africa, Southern Asia, Southeastern Asia, China, Japan, Melanesia, Micronesia, Polynesia, Australia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Spreading

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    None

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Dark 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

    Yes

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Hanging Basket, Houseplant, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes