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NC Native Plant Society:
Plant Details

Anchistea virginica [= Woodwardia virginica]

Chain fern

Scientific Name:

Anchistea virginica [= Woodwardia virginica]

Genus:

Anchistea

Species Epithet:

virginica

Common Name:

Chain fern

Plant Type

Fern/Clubmoss/Allies

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Blechnaceae (Deer Fern Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

1-3 ft., 3-6 ft.

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day, Less than 2 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist, Wet

Bloom Time:

June, July, August, September

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

moist to wet, acid, organic soils, such as bogs, blackwater bottomlands, pocosins; common (rare in VA Mountains). May-September. Ranging from Nova
Scotia west to MI and MO, south to FL and e. TX, primarily on the Coastal Plain.

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Fern Frond

Leaf Form:

Nothing Specified

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

Notes:

Suitable for moist, wet soil and will spread aggressively

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record



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