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Onychium japonicum

Cat's Claw Fern

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Item #: 3178

Zones: 7a to 8b, at least

Height: 12" tall

Culture: Part Sun to Light Shade

Origin: China

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L) ?


Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.


I first purchased this unique fern at the garden of Elizabeth Stragmann of England, from an earlier Himalayan collection. Although reportedly not hardy, our plants have endured two winters of 0 degrees F without any problems. This deciduous fern arises in spring from a slowly creeping rhizome. Each frond resembles a rabbits foot fern...the most exquisite green lace that you can imagine. In the wild it grows on rocky cliffs to 14,000', but for us has been very happy in our woodland garden.