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There are around 34 known species in the genus Davallia.  The sori of these ferns have tubular to urn-shaped indusia.  D. fejeensis (Rabbit's foot fern) is the most cultivated Davallia species.

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Deer's Foot Fern   (Davallia canariensis)

Hare's Foot Fern

The Deer's Foot Fern is known for its "furry" stems that resemble a deer's foot.  Great indoor plant for hanging baskets.

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Plant Types: Fern, Interior Plant, Perennial
Light: Partial Shade to Partial Sun
Height: 8 inches to 3 feet 3 inches
Width: 1 foot 4 inches to 5 feet
Zones: 10a to 11b
Leaf Color: Green
Special Features: Attractive foliage, Not North American native
Fertilizer: Miracle-Gro® Water Soluble All Purpose Plant Food
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Plant Care

Sow spores as soon as ripe, with hardy species at 59ºF (15ºC) and tender species at 70ºF (21ºC).  Conduct division of the rhizomes in spring.  Make sure each division has roots.

Plant Growth:

Epiphytic ferns. In many species, the fronds are short lived and deciduous.  Davallia does best with partial shade and high humidity.  Can be grown epiphytically or in soil.   Where Davallia is not hardy, raise plants indoors.  In hardy areas, plant Davallia outdoors in a moist, shaded site.  Davallia looks great in hanging baskets.

Soil and Irrigation:

Grow epiphytically or in soil that is moist, open, and leafy.  For indoor plants, use a mix of equal parts peat, moss, bark, grit, and pine needles.  Water moderately and provide frequent mists during the summer.  Water sparingly in winter.


Maintain a healthy framework.  Remove dead/damaged parts.


Prone to scale insects, foliar nematodes, aerial blight, and gray mold.