Dallas Fern in full
(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)
Height: 24 inches
Spacing: 24 inches
Hardiness Zone: 9a
Other Names: Dallas Jewel Fern
Elegant, compact, sword-shaped fronds that are deep green; this variety is more tolerant of lower humidity and light levels; a spectacular groundcover for a woodland area; great in hanging baskets or containers, for indoors or out
Dallas Fern's attractive glossy ferny pinnately compound leaves emerge light green in spring, turning forest green in color the rest of the year on a plant with an arching habit of growth.
Dallas Fern is a dense herbaceous evergreen perennial with a shapely form and gracefully arching foliage. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.
This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;
Dallas Fern is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- Container Planting
- Hanging Baskets
Planting & Growing
Dallas Fern will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 24 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years. As an evegreen perennial, this plant will typically keep its form and foliage year-round.
This plant performs well in both full sun and full shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.
Dallas Fern is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor containers and hanging baskets. It can be used either as 'filler' or as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, depending on the height and form of the other plants used in the container planting. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.