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Neolepisorus fortunei

Fortune's Ribbon Fern

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Item #: 10001

Zones: 7b to 11

Dormancy: Evergreen

Height: 18" tall

Culture: Light Shade to Shade

Origin: Burma/Myanmar, China, Malaysia, Taiwan, Vietnam

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

(aka: Microsorum fortunei) Fortune's ribbon fern, Neolepisorus fortunei, hails from southern China south to Malaysia. The 18" tall x 1" wide, upright, glossy evergreen leaves emerge from a slowly creeping rhizome. Eventually, Neolepisorus fortunei makes a splendid 2-3' wide colony in the woodland garden. Although it will survive brief periods to 0 degrees F, Fortune's ribbon fern is best in gardens from zone 8 south, where it prefers rich humus-enriched, loose soils. In tropical, high humidity climates, it grows as an epiphyte on tree trunks. In commerce, Neolepisorus fortunei is almost always sold as Lepisorus bicolor, which is a similar, but different fern...the lovely orange spores, which run the length of the leaf back are an easy distinguishing feature.