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Woodwardia virginica (Virginia chain fern)
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Woodwardia virginica

Virginia chain fern

Virginia Chain Fern is a great native landscaping fern for those tough areas with moist or saturated soils. Spreading quickly, it provides a dense, weed-resistant groundcover in damp sites or sunny pond edges. It also is beautiful, and less assertive, in average garden conditions.

Woodwardia virginica LP32 - 32 per flat Availability
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18-24 Inches


2-3 Feet


12 Inches

Bloom Color


USDA Hardiness Zone 3-10

Virginia chain fern Interesting Notes

Woodwardia virginica, the Virginia chain fern, is a spreading native that thrives in moisture and even in mud should you have any! Given adequate wet, this deciduous species can thrive and creep about in sunny exposures as well as the traditional shaded location. New fronds brighten the spring garden with golden tones later becoming a rich green tapestry of 1 to 2 feet in height. It is quite handsome when mingled with sarracenias and other ornamental bog lovers. Plant it in a consistently moist site and then watch it romp in Zones 3-10. - Casa Flora

Woodwardia virginica Growing and Maintenance Tips

Grow Virginia Chain Fern in moist to saturated soils in shade or part sun. Be prepared for it to fill the moist soil area, but it will need help with weeding until it gets established.

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Full Shade
Full Shade
Part Sun
Part Sun

Additional Information

Plug Type
Landscape Plug™
Propagation Type
Tissue culture
Moist Shade
Native to North America