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DAVALLIA tyermannii

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Family

Davalliaceae

Botanical Name

DAVALLIA tyermannii

Plant Common Name

White Rabbit's Foot Fern

General Description

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

The leathery, dark green, narrowly triangular fronds of this tender fern arise from a slowly expanding network of silver-furred rhizomes. The upright to arching, pinnately compound (feather-shaped) fronds have about a dozen pinnate segments.

This fern likes bright shade, high humidity, even moisture, and frost-free temperatures, although it will tolerate light frost. 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

    9 - 11

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 17, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Fern

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    6"-10" / 15.2cm - 25.4cm

  • Width

    8"-15" / 20.3cm - 38.1cm

  • Native To

    Southeastern Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • 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

  • 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

    Semi-Evergreen

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Hanging Basket, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes