Photo by JLBG taken at Juniper Level Botanic Gdn, NC
Neolepisorus truncatus 'Lemon Lime'
Lemon Lime Chinese Tiger-striped Fern
Item #: 9792
Zones: 8a to 11
Height: 8" tall
Origin: China, Vietnam
(aka: Neolepisorus ovatus f. truncatus) Neolepisorus truncatus 'Lemon Lime' is a 2021 Plant Delights/JLBG introduction of our selection of a treasured and truly unique epiphytic fern that we brought in from China in 2006. Neolepisorus truncatus hails from limestone cliffs around 5,000' elevation in southern China (Guangxi, Guizhou) and north Vietnam. In the garden, Neolepisorus truncatus makes a slow-spreading...and I mean S-L-O-W, evergreen groundcover. The stiff rhizome grows horizontally just below the soil surface, giving rise to 8" tall, thick leathery leaves every few inches that look like a tongue after licking a green and yellow striped popsicle...quite surreal. It's taken us well over a decade to build up enough stock to finally share. Where it isn't reliably winter hardy (north of Zone 8), Neolepisorus truncatus 'Lemon Lime' makes a superb container/hanging basket specimen.