Cyrtomium devexiscapulae

Sickle Leaved Holly Fern

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An unusual and impressive evergreen fern for partial to full shade, forming mounds of beautiful segmented and twisted fronds.

Origin: South China to North Vietnam
Genus: Cyrtomium
Species / Cultivar: devexiscapulae
Common Name: Sickle Leaved Holly Fern
Synonym: Cyrtomium integrum, Polystichum devexiscapulae

Plant Biography

The native range of this species spans China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam.

Like all ferns, it is not a flowering plant – instead reproduction takes place via a complex two stage life cycle. The fern plants we use in gardening are the spore producing stage: Spores can be located on the underside of fertile fronds, often in little pouches called ‘sori.’

Cyrtomium devexiscapulae
Soil: Moist but Well Drained
Soil that allows water to drain at a moderate rate, without the water pooling.
Growth Rate: Medium
Expect to see moderate growth during growing season.
Water Requirement: Medium
Once it is established, this plant is likely to only require watering during drier periods.
Maintenance: A little
Easy to look after but may occasionally require some attention in order to thrive.
Situation: Part Shade to Full Shade
Can enjoy several hours of direct sunlight, but also happy in full shade.
Eventual Height: 0.6m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 0.8-1m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Hardy
Survives unprotected in an average winter. May need protection in extreme long frosts.
Habit: Evergreen
Always in leaf throughout the year. It won't lose all its leaves at any one time.

Expert Tip

This species thrives in part or full shade in a moist sheltered spot and is hardy in most gardens, though it may need some winter protection in harsh winters.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

This fern likes to spread itself out with a final span of 80-100 centimetres, making a great plant for filling up shadier areas – just remember not to overcrowd it when planting.

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