Woodwardia areolata

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Netted Chain Fern


Plant Specifics

Size:1-1.5 ft, spreads broadly by rhisomes.
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:NA
Fruit Color:NA
Phenology:Winter dormant. Spreads by rhizomes.
Noted for:Interesting foliage


Recommended Uses:Use as a groundcover in moist areas, rain gardens, or bioswales.
Considerations:It grows best in drier areas if there is some shade. In full sun, it requires reliable moisture.
Availability:Specialty providers
Light: Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Stays Wet ----- to ----- Somewhat moist, no flooding)
Moisture Tolerance: Stays Wet ----- to ----- Somewhat moist, no flooding
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Loam, Organic material (muck), Sand
Soil pH:Acidic



Provides cover for small wildlife such as toads.

Native Habitats:Dome swamp, hydric hammock, seep slopes over limestone, hydric pine flatwoods.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


General Comments:This colony-forming fern is well-behaved in the landscape.