Giant Chain Fern - March 2023

Giant Chain FernA lush tropical look is not always associated with low water using landscapes. California native ferns provide profuse greenery without needing a lot of water. The Giant Chain Fern, Woodwardia ‘fimbriata’, adds a vibrant vibe in shady to partially sunny locations. Giant Chain Fern populates the forests of coastal North America and is a companion to Redwood, Pine, Oak, and Madrone trees. Giant Chain Fern grows to about 6 feet tall by 6 feet wide and does a good job filling space under trees and in places that don’t see a lot of sun. Other native ferns, such as Creeping Fern, make good low-growing ground cover in shady spots and, depending on your microclimate, may not need more than a light spritzing every week or so during the hottest parts of the year. Deer resistant, easy to care for, and hardy to the coldest winter weather, California native ferns are a great solution for shady nooks under trees, and they can also be grown in containers. For more information on Giant Chain Fern and other plants please visit