7 Rooms That Will Make You Want a Staghorn Fern

7 Rooms That Will Make You Want a Staghorn Fern

Dabney Frake
Feb 23, 2015

Move over succulents and fiddle leaf fig trees. The staghorn fern is alive and well in our design blogdom, with good reason. With large green leaves, and unusual shapes, there's almost something Dr. Seussian about these prehistoric plants. Often wall mounted or hung in baskets, they make for an otherworldly and interesting addition to your home. Check out these seven rooms where they've made an appearance, and see if you find yourself wanting one too...

1. Above, Danielle and Patrick's bedroom is clean and minimal. The lone staghorn fern above the bed adds just the right amount of warmth.

(Image credit: Lauren Liess)

2. Lauren Liess, despite her self-proclaimed black thumb, has a staghorn fern she loves that lives among a gallery of vintage paintings in her kitchen. Its organic shape is a nice contrast to the rest of the wall's linear objects. She also gives some nice tips on how to care for one.

(Image credit: Flora Grubb)

3. Here, staghorn ferns make up their own gallery wall of sorts in Flora Grubb's Garden. The variation in sizes and shapes keep it interesting and varied.

(Image credit: Granada Tile)

4. Granada Tile shared this bathroom, which has two matching sized ferns holding court over the bathtub.

(Image credit: Covet Garden)

5. This huge plant, seen in Issue 38 of Covet Garden, is almost sculptural as it hangs in Shaun and Todd's modern Victorian home.

(Image credit: SF Gate)

6. Lauren Nelson often uses staghorn ferns in her design work. Here, one hangs out above a desk, creating a vignette that's asymmetrical but balanced.

(Image credit: Country Living)

7. Okay, this isn't a full room, but it is a great tabletop centerpiece with a huge fern placed in a wire basket. From Country Living.

From Martha Stewart:

Staghorn ferns are epiphytes, which means they are air plants. They gladly grow on a wall mount, which lets air circulate around them. They need good-quality light, even some direct sunlight. They need some drying of the soil or medium in between watering. The back plates and medium need to be thoroughly soaked. They prefer more moisture when growing in the summer. If grown in cold weather, then less moisture is needed.

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