Giant chain fern. Large native fern, potentially growing to 9’ tall, though usually much smaller in a garden setting. A vigorous, fast-growing species with coarse, light green fronds rising from a woody basal clump, the giant chain fern makes a strong upright silhouette that offers dramatic flair against a shaded wall. Suitable beside ponds or streams or for understory plantings with other woodland species; lilies growing up through the fronds make for an alluring combination. Best in part shade, but well-watered specimens will tolerate a surprising amount of sun. In shaded positions established plants are quite drought tolerant. Cut older fronds to the base to encourage lush springtime growth. Hardy to 10F. Western British Columbia to Southern California.