This gorgeous fern gets its name from its leaves (called fronds) because they resemble that of deer antlers. Although other ferns may find this beauty a tad intimidating, as they can grow to be 3 feet wide, they truly are a beautiful living work of art!
The Staghorn, also know as ‘Elkhorn’, is native to Australia and Southeast Asia and has two types of fronds. The most prominent frond is the ‘antler’ frond. These are the large leaves that grow from the centre of the plant and give the plant its antler-like appearance of a deer.
This variety of Fern is non-toxic and therefore will be making it’s way onto our pet-friendly range. In its natural habitat, the Staghorn grows on trees and attaches itself by its short root system – we are told it loves to sit up high on a shelf in a sunny spot.
Its green antler fronds have a fuzzy touch, and at the base of the plant, a brown fuzz may grow. This an important part of this impressive plant, as this is how they reproduce.
You will notice a hard, round plate at the very base of the plant – it is important that this is not removed, as this is to protect the root system and absorb nutrients and water. Young shield fronds are green but change to brown and dry out as they mature. High humidity is key so make sure you don’t let the soil dry out – your staghorn won’t thank you for it.
We love this Staghorn fern and we know you will too, given it is super easy-going and oh so robust.