Davallia trichomanoides is a furry-footed, fanciful fern, commonly known as the Squirrel’s Foot Fern. Finely divided, dark green foliage dress fuzzy rhizomes that resemble the foot of a squirrel. The distinctive, hairy rhizomes are easily seen creeping over the edge of a pot or along the soil surface. This unique fern is a popular fern as a houseplant or in a mild-climate garden.
Squirrel’s Foot Fern is a small to medium fern with triangular, shiny, finely divided, firm-textured leaves. Semi-evergreen, the old fronds self-shed followed by a short dormant period before new fronds emerge. Light brown, furry, long rhizomes are appealing and add interest as they creep over the edges of containers or rocks in mild climate gardens. Other common names include Black Rabbit’s Foot Fern or Hare’s Foot Fern, but some think these remarkable rhizomes also resemble spider legs.
Davallia trichomanoides is a great indoor fern that is easy to grow and can tolerate the lower humidity that is often found in the home. Outdoors, this Davallia looks great in shaded patios or porches, in containers, raised beds, or hanging baskets where the furry feet can be seen. Especially suited for woodland gardens, plant Squirrel’s Foot Fern among rocks as a ground cover to exhibit the creeping rhizomes. This semi-hardy to semi-tender fern is fast growing, easy to grow, and very adaptable in mild-climate gardens.
Squirrel’s Foot Fern is a unique and beautiful fern that is perfect for adding texture and interest to a shady garden or indoor space. The distinctive rhizomes, delicate fronds, and ease of care make Davallia trichomanoides a popular fern choice.