Coniogramme japonica Japanese bamboo fern

Epithet means "from Japan."

Semievergreen to evergreen, 2 ft. (60 cm). Zones 7 to 9.

description: The rhizome is creeping. The greenish stipes are one-third to one-half of the frond length. Lustrous dark green, ovate blades are basally bipinnate with the ultimate pinna the same as the lateral pinnae. Unlike Coniogramme intermedia the veins are netted at the midrib and freely forking towards the margins. Sori without indusia are carried on the veins.

range and habitat: Found on forest floors, this is native to Japan, Korea, china, Taiwan, and indochina.

culture and comments: In moist woodlands, Japanese bamboo fern spreads much more gently than the namesake bamboo. It forms airy thickets spreading to 3 ft. (90 cm) in 10 years and is a nice upright counterpoint to wispy shade companions. Keep it moist and give it protection from slugs and snails.

Willowy foliage of Coniogramme japonica in the Peters garden.

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