Blechnum tabulare

Blechnum tabulare

Table mountain fern

  • Botanical name: Blechnum tabulare
  • Common name: Table mountain fern
  • Family: Blechnaceae
  • Plant Type: Perennial, Deciduous
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Blechnum tabulare is an evergreen fern with large fronds that can reach up to 1m in length, when mature. While not a true tree fern, it will eventually develop a trunk. What’s more, new ferns will grow around the base of the original plant, developing into a colony. It’s perfect for a woodland border or a stumpery, where it’s perfect for providing a tropical look in a shady situation.


Grow Blechnum tabulare in moist but well-drained soil in partial to full shade and mulch annually with leaf mould. It’s not fully hardy but can withstand temperatures down to -5° for short periods of time. If the main trunk does appear to die over winter then don’t remove it – usually a new fern will grow out from the old trunk.

How to grow Blechnum tabulare

  • Plant size

    100cm height

    1.2m spread

  • Aspect

    North facing, east facing, west facing

  • Position in border


  • Sun exposure: Full shade, partial shade
  • Hardiness: Frost hardy
  • Soil type: Clay / heavy / moist / well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Blechnum tabulare and wildlife

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

Is Blechnum tabulare poisonous?

Blechnum tabulare 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