Polypodium polypodioides

Resurrection Fern

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Item #: 2019

Zones: 6a to 10b

Dormancy: Evergreen

Height: 6" tall

Culture: Light Shade to Shade

Origin: United States

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

This US native is perfect for the shady rock garden where the soil is very organic (i.e.old rotted logs). It actually prefers to be strapped down on a tree, slab of wood, or a rock...sorry if this is too kinky for some of you. Resurrection fern spreads via a branching rhizome to make a nice mat...never invasive. The dwarf 4-6" long evergreen foliage resembles a miniature Christmas Fern. The term evergreen needs to be qualified since when dry, the leaves curl up like they are dead, but re-hydrate at the first sign of rain. P. polypodioides does not like high fertility, so back off the fertilizer.