Sphenomeris chinensis

Sphenomeris chinensis

Japanese lace-fern

  • Botanical name: Sphenomeris chinensis
  • Common name: Japanese lace-fern
  • Family: Lindsaeaceae
  • Plant Type: Perennial, Evergreen
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Japanese lace fern, Sphenomeris chinensis is an incredibly attractive rhizomatous perennial, bearing dense clumps of upright, slender stems of delicate, lace-like fronds. 


Grow Sphenomeris chinensis in full to partial shade in moist but well-drained soil with plenty of leafmould added to enable the rhizomes to spread. 

How to grow Sphenomeris chinensis

  • Plant size

    100cm height

    50cm spread

  • Aspect

    North facing, east facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Front, middle

  • Sun exposure: Partial shade, full shade
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy / clay / heavy / moist

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

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Do Plant in August

Do Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December


Do not Divide in January

Do not Divide in February

Do Divide in March

Do Divide in April

Do Divide in May

Do not Divide in June

Do not Divide in July

Do not Divide in August

Do not Divide in September

Do not Divide in October

Do not Divide in November

Do not Divide in December

Sphenomeris chinensis and wildlife

Sphenomeris chinensis has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Sphenomeris chinensis poisonous?

Sphenomeris chinensis 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

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