Calochlaena dubia – Bracken Fern

This hardy native fern has attractive evergreen foliage, producing dark green lacy fronds which cascade out from the base of the plant which make it great as a feature or mass planting. Native to the East Coast where it grows mainly as an understory plant in eucalyptus forests and rainforests. It grows commonly in poor soils in the wild, forming a rhizomatous clump which spreads underground creating dense banks where it is well established. An excellent garden or landscape plant as it is very easy to grow and low maintenance, responds well to pruning and thrives in a wide range of soil types including clay and poor soils.

Family:Dicksoniaceae
Scientific Name:Calochlaena dubia
Common Name:Bracken Fern
Other Common Names:False bracken, Common Ground-Fern, Soft Bracken, Rainbow Fern
Plant Type:Clumping perennial, Fern
Height:0.6 ~ 2 metres
Width:0.9 ~ 1.5 metres
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Clay, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Container growing, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean
Light:Light shade, Half shade, Heavy shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Dense foliage, Spreading
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Dry, Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Groundcover, Feature plant, Border plant, Attractive foliage
Special Uses:Cut flower, Erosion control, Bird nesting plant, Pollution tolerant, Fast growing, Playground friendly

WHERE TO GET YOUR PLANT

Once you have found the plant that you want, the next step is to find where to get it. Nurseries stock a good range of plants, but due to space and supplies, they may or may not have the wanted plant in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you.  Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you want, they can often suggest alternative plants that will be just as good for you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries. Click on the links for their details-

 

The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Cool Country Natives – ACT

 

Geelong Native Plants – Victoria

 

Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria

 

Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA

 

Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia

 

MAIL ORDER NURSERIES –

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order

 

The Native Shop – mail order

 


 

 

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