Blechnum spicant

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Blechnum spicant
Blechnum spicant (fertile and sterile fronts).jpg
Conservation status

Secure (NatureServe)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Pteridophyta
Class: Pteridopsida
Order: Athyriales
Family: Blechnaceae
Genus: Blechnum
Species: B. spicant
Binomial name
Blechnum spicant
(L.) Sm.

Blechnum spicant is a species of fern in the family polypodiaceae, known by the common names deer fern or hard fern. It is native to Europe and western North America. Like some other Blechnum it has two types of leaves. The sterile leaves have flat, wavy-margined leaflets 5 to 8 millimeters wide, while the fertile leaves have much narrower leaflets, each with two thick rows of sori on the underside.

B. spicant is hardy and evergreen, growing to 0.5 m (1 ft 8 in).[1] It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[2]


  1. ^ RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964. 
  2. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Blechnum spicant". Retrieved 17 June 2013. 

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Appearance in Spring with dead sterile leaves.