Dragontail Fern

As low as $39.59 was $59.99
Availability: In stock

The unique and whimsical growth of Dragontail Fern (Asplenium x ebenoides) has long, narrow fronds with elongated tips and a chaotic, zig-zagging growing nature. Looking like a patch of green, mini-dragon tails playing in the garden, these native Ferns add so much fantasy to your space.

This whimsical little Fern grows to about 6 inches tall and about a foot wide. Forming a low, evergreen mound of narrowly triangular, notched, wavy-edged glossy fronds, each tapering to long points. The unique appearance is one not often seen in today's gardens!

Also known as Scott's Spleenwort or Walking Spleenwort because of the curious manner that some frond tips grow a small plantlet on their leaf ends, then bend down to trail the ground and root, giving them their other name, the Walking Fern!

With upright arching growth, these fronds grow in bizarre patterns of assorted shapes and a variety of different-sized lobes, sometimes trailing to the ground and rooting to slowly spread.

It is a natural hybrid between another two native species two eastern US species, Asplenium rhizophyllum (Walking Fern) and A. platyneuron (Ebony Spleenwort), giving rise to this unique beauty! Highly adaptable throughout USDA planting zones 5 to 8, Dragontail is naturally occurring in Eastern North America, this hardy native and other species of Asplenium can be found growing in the Ozarks limestone ledges, in rocky crooks, nooks and crannies, and along bubbling creeks.

Planting and Application:

We guarantee no one else will have these beauties on the block! Dragontail's small clump-forming nature is best suited to the Rock Garden or for edging in a shady woodland garden.

Also growing well in containers because of their size and curious growth, planters will gain intriguing character with the addition of these heavily-toothed filler plants poking up haphazardly around the other plants!

Dragontail Fern also does well in indoor terrariums and indoor areas with high humidity. Give your bathroom a Spa retreat feel by adding Dragontail as a Kokedama, which is when the roots are suspended in a mud ball, coated with soft green moss, and wrapped in twine.

Plant around your favorite water feature, Rain Gardens, and fountain where they can soak up the moisture and humidity while adding extraordinary texture!

Shade gardens, shady tree canopies, understories, and woodland plantings are natural haunts, where Dragontail can ramble and spread to its heart's delight without worry. They're highly deer and rabbit resistant so they can hold their own in these out-of-the-way spots. Wildflower gardens, Cottage Gardens, and native forested glens will look lovely with these playing along their shaded edges.

  • Long, Narrow, Spikey Fern Fronds
  • Fresh Green Color & Random Unique Growth
  • Low Glossy Spreading Growth
  • Hardy Native Fern
  • Naturalizing Groundcover, Indoor/Patio Accents, Edging, Containers & Specimens

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Dragontail Ferns love the partial shade in cooler zones and full, dense dark shade in hot growing zones in warmer summer climates. Performing best in sandy and average soil that has good drainage and consistent moisture. Also tolerating clay soil, chalky soil, and any that have good moisture retention. Doing well in all types of pH from mild acidity to mild alkalinity. It's surprising that this wonderful plant hasn't caught on more!

Add Nature Hills Root Booster during planting, because the symbiotic ingredients work non-stop over the life of the plant. Doing their very best in cool locations, a generous layer of mulch helps retain soil moisture as well as insulate the root system from heat and chill. These evergreen Ferns clumps may be divided in spring, but this is seldom required. Though enjoying to spread, they're easily controlled and cared for.

When used indoors, mist often and keep away from drafts and full sun. Try raising the humidity by planting over a tray of water-filled pebbles or setting up a humidifier for your treasures.

Slug-resistant, these will do well with little care or attention from you. Only the removal of dead or dying fronds is needed to keep the clumps tidy.

  • Full Shade & Partial Shade
  • Wide Soil Adaptability - Best in Rich Slightly Acidic
  • Moisture Loving
  • Higher Slug & Deer Resistance
  • Easy Care & Low Maintenance

Whimsy and curiosity abound, for something truly cool and unique, we guarantee no one else has in your area, choose a hardy and adaptable plant! Your gardens will become a fantasyland with Dragontail Ferns frolicking in the dappled shade! Order your own living curiosities from Nature Hills Nursery today!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

About Plant Sentry™

Plant Sentry is designed to protect both consumers and the nursery trade from invasive plant pests and diseases. Sites that display the Plant Sentry protection badge are protected from consumers buying and nurseries shipping material carrying invasive pests and diseases.

This proprietary eCommerce software prevents the shipment of a restricted plant to each state. The Plant Sentry system includes a shipment certification program. The Plant Sentry Compliance Officer works closely with NatureHills.com and each nursery or fulfillment center to ensure only compliant plants are sold to customers.

Click Here to learn more

Plant Sentry


To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep. We use FedEx, UPS, or USPS at our discretion.

Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

*If you have found your zone already, it will be highlighted in the table below.
Color Zone Times
3 Spring 2019
4 Now
5 Now
6 Now
7 Now
8 Now
9 Now
10 Now
11 Now

Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

Click here to see our full rates


Dragontail Fern Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-8
Growing Zones 5-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Asplenium x ebenoides
Type Perennial
Mature Height 8 - 12 inches
Mature Spread 8 - 12 inches
Sun Exposure Full Shade, Partial Shade
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate & Adaptable
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Green
Pollinator Friendly No
Pruning Time Early Spring