Woodwardia unigemmata

Woodwardia unigemmata

This is a larger fern with amazing new growth colors. For us it is evergreen. Crinkly, deep copper colored fronds plump up and take on a burgundy color, then slowly turn into a soft green. The fronds are fairly long and on longer stems than most. It is described as being 2-3′ across, but I think it will get considerably larger than that if it is happy. Some sire say that a single frond can be up to 5′ long and 18″ wide.

Pronunciation: wood-WARD-ee-uh yoo-nee-jem-MAH-ta

Species Meaning: One-budded, which refers to the new plant that can form on the tips of the fronds.

Woodwardia unigemmata is native to Eastern Asia.

Cultivation Notes

Rich, moisture retentive soil in bright shade to shade.

Propagation Notes

While I have not seen this yet, the fern is meant to produce what is called a gemma on the frond tips. This is basically a new plant start that when it touches the ground will root.

In Our Garden

Plant ID: P17008

Found in Cherry Corner, Tea House,

The one in Cherry corner is about mid way along the straight path leading to the Tea House. Another one can be found behind the Tea House a couple of feet up the bank towards the fence.

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Family: Blechnaceae

Genus: Woodwardia

Species: unigemmata

Commonly known as: Jeweled Chain Fern

Height: <3ft

Spread: 5ft to 10ft

Growth Habit:
Water Needs:
Summer - Medium Water
Sun Needs:
Part Shade
Part Sun
Soil Type:
Average Soil
Zn8a - down to 10F

Resistant to Deer and Rabbit.

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