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DAVALLIA trichomanoides

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James Burghardt

Family

Davalliaceae

Botanical Name

DAVALLIA trichomanoides

Plant Common Name

Squirrel's Foot Fern

General Description

Squirrel's foot fern is a finely textured evergreen fern with green fronds growing from attractive fuzzy, red-brown creeping rhizomes.

Grow this fern in average to fertile, moist but well-drained soil with humus in shade or part shade. Since the rhizomes are so interesting and textural, an excellent application is in a large hanging basket or growing on a tree trunk at eye level. Be careful not to overwater or allow soil to become bone dry, as both will lead to leaf drop.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    9 - 11

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 17, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Fern

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    12"-16" / 30.5cm - 40.6cm

  • Width

    6"-20" / 15.2cm - 50.8cm

  • Native To

    Southeastern Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Spreading

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    None

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Light 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

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Groundcover, Hanging Basket, Houseplant, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Self-Sowing

    No