This is one part in a weekly series featuring the UC Davis Arboretum’s “40 Plants You (Probably) Have Never Heard of – But Will Love,” 40 can’t-fail, easy-care, low-water plants well adapted to our region but hard to find.
Size: 2 to 3 feet tall by three to 4 feet wide
Bloom season: Not applicable
Exposure: Full shade
Pruning needs: None
Water needs: Medium to low; once established, water once a week or twice a month.
Snapshot: Native to coastal California, this pretty fern forms clumps and is a useful plant to create lushness in the shade garden with less water. It has shiny, leathery leaves with small teeth along the margins. It is one of the hardiest of ferns and is reported to survive without a lot of summer water. It’s an especially attractive choice for shady spaces under existing large redwood trees.
For more on “40 Plants,” click on arboretum.ucdavis.edu.