POLYPODY FERN

FAMILY: Polypodiaceae | GENUS: POLYPODIUM

TYPE
  • Ferns
  • Vines / Ground Covers
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Filtered Light
  • Partial Shade
  • Full Shade
WATER
  • Moderate Water
  • Regular Water

Plant Details

Widespread and quite variable group. Types described here are often grown on tree branches, logs, large rocks, and in moss. Good for woodland gardens.

polypodium polypodioides RESURRECTION FERN

  • Zones US, MS, LS, CS, TS; USDA 6-11.
  • Native from Delaware to southern Illinois, south to Florida, Texas, and Central and South America.
  • An old Southern favorite that grows about 1 feet high and spreads widely by slender, creeping rhizomes.
  • Often found on massive limbs of live oaks.
  • Fronds are deeply cut and leathery, with scaly undersides; they reach 7 inches long, 2 inches wide.
  • Fronds curl up and play dead in dry weather but quickly come back to life when it rains (hence the plant's common name).

common polypody

polypodium vulgare

  • Zones US, MS, LS; USDA 6-8.
  • Native to Europe and Asia.
  • Found in woodlands, among rocks, or on trees in areas with high rainfall.
  • Grows 1 feet high, with indefinite spread.
  • Medium green fronds are held erect.
  • Thrives in acidic or alkaline soil with moderate water.
  • Highly variable; many named forms with crested or dissected leaves are available.
  • Uulong Island grows 6 inches tall and spreads slowly; a form found in Korea but well-suited to Southern gardens.

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