Onychium japonicum 'Sichuan Lace'
Sichuan Lace Cat's Claw Fern
Item #: 5958
Zones: 7a to 9b, possibly colder
Height: 12" tall
Culture: Part Sun to Light Shade
Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L) ?
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(syn: Onychium japonicum HH03CH111) This Hans Hansen spore collection from Ping Wu, China at 3800' elevation, has been much more vigorous than a typical Onychium japonicum. The deciduous fronds arise in spring from a slowly creeping rhizome that makes a 3' wide clump in 3 years. Each frond resembles an extraordinarily lacy rabbit's foot fern...the most exquisite green lace that you can imagine. In the wild it grows on rocky cliffs to 9,000', but for us has been very happy in our woodland garden in open shade, although trial plants in deep shade grew poorly. We have had reports of this thriving in Zone 6b, so it's worth trying in colder regions.