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.

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
Soil Moisture:Dry, Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Groundcover, Feature plant, Border plant, Attractive foliage
Special Features:Cut flower, Erosion control, Bird nesting plant, Pollution tolerant, Fast growing, Playground friendly

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The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 


Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW


IndigiGrow- Sydney- NSW


Harvest Seeds And Native Plant Nursery – Sydney – NSW


Native Grace Nursery – Robertson NSW


Wariapendi Nursery – Colo Vale NSW


Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW


Cool Country Natives – ACT


Geelong Native Plants – Victoria


Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria


Forest Heart eco-Nursery – Maleny Queensland


Natives R Us – Traveston – Queensland 


Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA


Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia




The Native Shop – mail order


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