Arachniodes standishii

upside down fern

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

Outstanding Qualities

Can foliage be both bold and delicate? Yes, it can! The upside down fern has relatively broad, bold fronds, but the blades are lacy or feathery in appearance by being tripinnate-pinnatifid in botanical lingo! This just means the frond leaflets are multidivided. With a vase-like habit this evergreen fern arches elegantly over smaller companions.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: fern

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 2 ft. 0 in. (0.61 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 3 ft. 0 in. (0.91 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 9

Sun/Light Exposure: light to open or dappled shade

Water Requirements: regular to frequent watering

Seasonal Interest: year-round bold, yet feathery fern foliage

Culture Notes
Plant this fern in a shaded site - light, open, or dappled in rich, well-drained soil. Provide regular watering during dry periods or even frequent watering during hot spells.