Davallia tasmanii

Davallia tasmanii

Three kings davallia

  • Botanical name: Davallia tasmanii
  • Common name: Three kings davallia
  • Family: Davalliaceae
  • Plant Type: Perennial, Deciduous
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Three Kings davallia, Davallia tasmanii, is a rare creeping fern native to the Three Kings Islands in New Zealand. A particularly attractive fern, its leathery fronds grow up to 20 cm in length. It spreads by creeping rhizomes and spores.


Grow Davallia tasmanii in well-drained soil or compost. It does well in containers, even when root-bound, and resents root disturbance. It’s ideal for growing as part of a permanent container display in a sunny spot. Frost tender, you may need to move it undercover for winter.

How to grow Davallia tasmanii

  • Plant size

    30cm height

    20cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border


  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Hardiness: Frost hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Do not Plant in December

Davallia tasmanii and wildlife

Davallia tasmanii has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Davallia tasmanii poisonous?

Davallia tasmanii 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