Woodwardia fimbriata

Giant western chain fern

Plant Type: Fern
Sun: Partial Shade, Shade
Drainage: Well-draining
Water: Moist, Regular
Height X Width: 6' X 4'
Santa Clara County Local: Yes
What do these mean?



Giant western chain fern is the most spectacular of California’s many native ferns. Its wide, evergreen fronds rise as high as seven feet in an expanding clump. Native to many mountainous parts of the state, Woodwardia is adaptable in the landscape. Only shade, moisture and adequate soil drainage are essential. Woodwardia develops a dense mass of fibrous roots which tap into draw from latent soil moisture and allow it to tolerate extended periods without irrigation.


Deer Resistant: Yes
Attractive to Bees: No
Attractive to Butterflies: No
Good Under Oaks: No
Evergreen or Deciduous: Evergreen