• slide
  • slide
  • slide
  • slide
  • slide
  • slide
  • slide
  • slide

Rabbit Foot Fern (Davallia) Houseplant

Fuzzy rhizomes creeping across the soil surface and topped by ferny leaves inspired the common names of the footed ferns. Whether growing the rabbit’s, deer or squirrel’s foot fern, the care is basically the same.

These unique houseplants are epiphytes growing on rocks and in crevices near streams in their native sub-tropical environment. In your home they can be grown in a well-drained potting mix with the hairy rhizomes on the soil surface.

Grow your plant in a shallow container or hanging basket so the showy rhizomes are visible. Place in a cool location in the mid to upper 60’s with bright indirect light.

Humidity is key to success. Place these among other plants or on a gravel tray with the water level kept below the pot.

Keep the soil slightly moist but not soggy and only fertilize, if needed, from March through November.

A bit more information:  Expand your collection by starting new plants from 2-inch sections of the furry rhizomes. Make sure each section contains at least one leafy stem. Lay the furry rhizome on the soil surface and pin it in place. Keep the soil slightly moist and wait for new growth to appear.

Upcoming Live Events
& Webinars


April 17, 2024
Landscaping for Birds: 
A Gardener’s Perspective

Glendale, WI 

April 18, 2024
Be a Waterwise Gardener
Golden Rondelle Theater, Racine, WI
Register now

April 20, 2024
Pruning Hydrangeas and Other Shrubs 
Pasquesi Home & Gardens, Lake Bluff, IL

April 27, 2024
Ridges & Rivers Book Festival
Viroqua, WI

April 28, 2024
Flowering Trees and Shrubs
Ebert's Greenhouse Village, Ixonia, WI

May 1, 2024
FREE WEBINAR

Ornamental Fruits and Vegetables
Register now

May 4, 2024
Garden U 2024 

New Richmond, WI
Register now

May 9, 2024
FREE WEBINAR

How to Plant Your Rain Garden
Register now

May 11, 2024

Ask The Plant Doctor Q & A
Ebert's Greenhouse Village, Ixonia, WI

May 12, 2024
Ask The Plant Doctor Q & A
Ebert's Greenhouse Village, Ixonia, WI

May 18, 2024
Ask The Plant Doctor Q & A
Ebert's Greenhouse Village, Ixonia, WI​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

June 1, 2024
Selecting, Planting, Pruning and Caring for Hydrangeas
Ebert's Greenhouse Village, Ixonia, WI

June 5, 2024
FREE WEBINAR

Under-Appreciated Pollinators
Register now

WATCH ON-DEMAND WEBINARS

Learn More

Book an Appearance

Learn More

Enter to Win The Birds & Blooms' Ultimate Gardening Guide !

ENTER NOW