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Products > Phlebodium aureum
 
Phlebodium aureum - Rabbit's Foot Fern
  

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Fern
Family: Polypodiaceae (Common Ferns)
Origin: Central America (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: NA
Bloomtime: Not Significant
Synonyms: [Polypodium aureum]
Height: 2-3 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
Phlebodium aureum (Rabbit's Foot Fern) - This shade-loving fern has a wide natural distribution from southern Florida and West Indies south through Mexico, Central America to northern South America. It has large pale gray-green arching fronds with deeply separated wavy-edged leaflets that have large spores on the undersides of the leaves. The thick creeping rhizomes are covered with brown scales which look like fur. Can tolerate situations where it gets only ocassional irrigation or wetter conditions. A very nice garden plant in well-drained soils or as a potted specimen. Has proven hardy in our garden to short periods as low as 25 F and we have reports from a gardener in Jacksonville, Florida that it has tolerated 18 F there. Our thanks to Paul Gripp, founder of the Santa Barbara Orchid Estate for sharing this fern from his garden with us in 1988.  This description is based on our research and observations of this plant as it grows in containers at our nursery, in our own garden and in other gardens. We also appreciate receiving feedback of any kind from those who have additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or have additional cultural tips that would aid others growing Phlebodium aureum .
 
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