Blechnum chilense

Blechnum chilense

Chilean hard fern

  • Botanical name: Blechnum chilense
  • Common name: Chilean hard fern
  • Family: Blechnaceae
  • Plant Type: Perennial, Evergreen
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Chilean hard fern, Blechnum chilense, is a striking evergreen fern with bold leathery, undulated fronds. Young growth may be pink-red. It spreads easily and can quickly form a bold clump in moist ground. It’s perfect for using as ground cover.


Grow Blechnum chilense in a sheltered spot in moist soil in full to partial shade. It’s not fully hardy, so dig up the crown in autumn and overwinter indoors, or mulch with a thick layer of leafmould. 

How to grow Blechnum chilense

  • Plant size

    1.5m height

    2.5m spread

  • Aspect

    North facing, east facing

  • Sun exposure: Partial shade, full shade
  • Shade type: Damp
  • Hardiness: Half hardy
  • Soil type: Clay / heavy / moist / boggy
  • Plant care: Needs regular watering in pots

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do not Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Blechnum chilense and wildlife

Blechnum chilense has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Blechnum chilense poisonous?

Blechnum chilense has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

Plants that go well with Blechnum chilense


Trillium grandiflorum

American wake-robin