Hacksaw Fern Doodia aspera Rough Ruby
Hacksaw Fern Doodia aspera Rough Ruby
Hacksaw Fern Doodia aspera Rough Ruby
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Hacksaw Fern Doodia aspera 'Rough Ruby'

Strange name, but WOW what a display of vibrant colour!
  • Striking, evergreen fronds which emerge pink, change to vibrant red then mature to deep glossy green, giving a kaleidoscope of colour on the same plant.
  • ideal for planting in pots for a vibrant display or borders where it can slowly spread and multiply.
  • A native of Australia, it's also known as the Hacksaw Fern or Prickly Rasp fern, as it feels coarse to the touch and has deeply divided leaves that resemble a saw.
  • Easy to grow, this clump-forming perennial fern adds colour and structure to the garden.
  • Supplied as an established plant in a 9cm pot, grows to H60cm (24in) x W40cm (16in).

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Great for adding early season colour and texture to the garden, the oddly named Doodia aspera fern is ideal for planting in pots for a vibrant display or borders where it can slowly spread and multiply.

A native of Australia, it's also known as the Hacksaw Fern or Prickly Rasp fern, as it feels coarse to the touch and has deeply divided leaves that resemble a saw.

What makes 'Rough Ruby' an exceptional fern however is its striking, evergreen fronds which emerge pink, change to vibrant red then mature to deep glossy green, giving a kaleidoscope of colour on the same plant.

Easy to grow, this clump-forming perennial fern adds colour and structure to the garden, making it a superb choice for people new to gardening or for those that don't have the time to spend hours looking after fussy plants.

Plants are hardy down to -10C, but we recommend adding a layer of straw or other protection around the plant to prevent too much damage to the evergreen fronds which can lead to the fern becoming deciduous, with its fronds dying back. Fortunately, they regrow in the spring.

Supplied as an established plant in a 9cm pot, grows to H60cm (24in) x W40cm (16in).

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Supplied as an established plant in a 9cm pot, grows to H60cm (24in) x W40cm (16in).

Plant Care Information

Perfect In Pots
Perfect In Pots
Plant In Shade
Plant In Shade
Plant In Sunshine
Plant In Sunshine
Winter Hardy
Winter Hardy
Protect From Frost
Protect From Frost
Easy To Grow
Easy To Grow

Top Tips

Try pairing with Japanese blood grass for a striking explosion of colour

Care Information

Planting Advice for Doodia aspera 'Rough Ruby':

  • Ideal for beds and borders, patio pots and containers, for best results, grow in moist, acid soil in sheltered, partial shade.
  • Water your potted plant well.
  • Dig a hole a little deeper and 3 x wider than the nursery pot.
  • Add a soil conditioner such as well-rotted manure to the earth removed from the hole if necessary.
  • Add some ericaceous compost to the planting hole and to the excavated soil.
  • Remove the plant from its pot and tease out a few of the roots.
  • Place your plant in the hole at the same level at the pot.
  • Refill the hole with the earth removed (backfilling).
  • Firm in the soil with your heel, avoiding the root ball.
  • Water well and mulch around the base of the plant with a collar, compost, gravel, bark etc.

Aftercare Advice for Doodia 'Rough Ruby':

  • Keep plants well-watered but do not allow to sit in waterlogged soil.
  • Although plants are hardy, leave can be damaged by hard frost, so mulch with straw in winter in frost-prone areas.

Pruning Advice for your fern:

  • Remove dead or damaged fronds as needed.

Planting/Flowering Calendar

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Fully Grown Plant Dimensions (approx)

Plant Dimensions
60 cm
40 cm
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