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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).
- 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.