The genus Blechnum, from the family Blechnaceae, was derived from the Greek word blechnon meaning a fern.
Blechnum are mostly evergreen ferns with erect or creeping rhizomes and simply pinnate, leathery fronds, the fertile ones usually erect, the sterile often spreading. There are several species from around the world.
Blechnums make a decorative garden fern or container plant that adds interest and form to a shady area. It requires semi- to full-shade. The plant does well in amongst other shade-loving plants and also makes a wonderful container specimen on a patio.