Deer Fern

Blechnum spicant

Glossy, deep green fern that is native to coastal regions of Northern California and the Pacific Northwest. This fern grows as a wide clump of sterile fronds, with fertile fronds growing upright from the center. Perfectly suited for a deeply shaded spot in the garden, as ground cover or as a specimen.


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Deer Fern

Blechnum spicant
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Common Nursery Plant Forms

We use plant forms to describe how a plant has been grown in our nursery. Here are some common nursery plant forms explained.

A bush or multi refers to a shrub or small tree grown with multiple stems.

A standard has been trained to have a single trunk.
Many bush/multi plants are also available in standard form, so be sure to check the form when you add plants to your cart.

A column refers to a tree or shrub grown into a tall, narrow shape.

An espalier is a plant trained to grow in a two-dimensional form against a trellis.

Staked plants will be tied to a wooden or plastic stake during the growing process. This technique is generally used on vines but is sometimes used for certain trees or shrubs.