Woodwardia virginica

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

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

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Chain Fern


Plant Specifics

Size:2-3 ft, spreads broadly by rhisomes.
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Phenology:Winter dormant. Spreads by rhisomes.
Habitats:Swamps, marshes.


Recommended Uses:Use as a groundcover in moist areas. Also useful in wetland restoration areas.
Light: Part Shade,  Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
Moisture Tolerance: Aquatic ----- to ----- Somewhat moist, no flooding
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil/Substrate:Loam, Organic material (muck), Sand