Blechnum tabulare

Table Mountain Fern

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Blechnum tabulare, also recognised as the Table Mountain Fern, is a captivating fern variety native to the mountainous landscapes of South Africa, particularly the renowned Table Mountain in Cape Town. The fronds of Blechnum tabulare are deeply divided, lending an elegant and intricate visual appeal. Very old plants form a trunk, much like a tree fern, although due to the leaf shape, mature plants are more reminiscent of a Cycad. This fern exhibits remarkable adaptability and resilience, thriving in diverse conditions, from sunlit spots to partial shade.

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Origin: Southern Africa
Genus: Blechnum
Species / Cultivar: tabulare
Common Name: Table Mountain Fern
Synonym: Lomariocycas tabularis

Plant Biography

The horticultural history of Blechnum tabulare, the Table Mountain Fern, is marked by growing appreciation and cultivation beyond its South African home. Initially documented by European explorers and botanists in the 18th and 19th centuries, the fern sparked interest for its unique qualities. It found its way into botanical gardens, such as Kew Gardens in London and the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in South Africa, becoming an emblematic species.

Its deeply divided fronds and adaptability made it a sought-after ornamental plant, suitable for various climates and landscaping. Moreover, its cultivation contributed to the conservation of this species, safeguarding its genetic diversity beyond its native habitat. Today, Blechnum tabulare is a cherished addition to gardens worldwide, symbolising the connection between South African biodiversity and global horticulture.

Blechnum tabulare
Soil: Moisture Retaining
Soil that drains at a slower rate due to higher organic matter content.
Growth Rate: Slow
This plant is particularly slow to grow, even during growing season.
Water Requirement: High
Likely to require supplementary watering in warmer months, even once established.
Humidity: High
Provide moist air via daily misting or trays of wet grit. Keep away from drafts and heaters.
Situation: Part Shade to Full Shade
Can enjoy several hours of direct sunlight, but also happy in full shade.
Eventual Height: 0.6-0.9m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 0.6-0.9m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Half Hardy
Will need protection from frosts in order to survive winter, eg. with fleece jacket.
Habit: Evergreen
Always in leaf throughout the year. It won't lose all its leaves at any one time.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Blechnum tabulare, the Table Mountain Fern, flourishes in partial to full shade, making it suitable for areas with indirect sunlight. The soil should be well-draining with consistent moisture, but avoid overwatering. Prune damaged fronds as needed, and there’s no need for frequent fertilisation. In colder regions, plant in a very sheltered position and protect it from frost as it is only tolerant of brief dips to -3°C. This fern’s low-maintenance nature makes it an attractive garden or landscape choice.

Blechnum tabulare, or the Table Mountain Fern, typically reaches a mature size of about 60-90 centimetres in height. It forms a compact and low-growing clump of finely divided fronds. The spread of this fern can vary, but it generally extends to a diameter of 60 to 90 centimetres. Its modest size makes it well-suited for use as ground cover or as an ornamental plant in gardens and landscapes where its unique appearance and adaptability can be appreciated. It is important to note that specific growth may vary depending on environmental conditions and the care provided to the plant.

5 customer reviews for Blechnum tabulare

Plants arrived quickly and packaged very well. Im surprised with how big they are ! Ive paid 5x the amount for the same fern, from elsewhere. Im so pleased thank you!

Mark Griffin (verified owner)

Lovely plants and a seriously bargain price

mark nellist (verified owner)

Plants arrived within a few days of placing the order. They were well packed and of a good size and excellent quality.

John Brennan

Very quick delivery, well packed and healthy well grown plant. Compared to other suppliers very good value for money.

Neil Ramsden