Deer fern

Blechnum spicant

''Blechnum spicant'' is a species of fern in the family polypodiaceae, known by the common names hard-fern or deer fern. It is native to Europe and western North America. Like some other ''Blechnum'' it has two types of leaves. The sterile leaves have flat, wavy-margined leaflets 5 to 8 millimeters wide, while the fertile leaves have much narrower leaflets, each with two thick rows of sori on the underside.

''B. spicant'' is hardy and evergreen, growing to 0.5 m . It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.
Status: Unknown
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Taxonomy
KingdomPlantae
DivisionPolypodiophyta
ClassPolypodiopsida
OrderAthyriales
FamilyBlechnaceae
GenusBlechnum
SpeciesB. spicant