Photo by JLBG taken at Juniper Level Botanic Gdn, NC
Whipcord Eyelash Fern
This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.Shop Available Polystichum
Item #: 8164
Zones: 6b to 9b, at least
Height: 15" tall
Origin: China, Japan, Korea
(aka Cyrtomidictyum lepidocaulon) We have been fascinated by this strange fern shared with us in 2003 by pteridomaniac Judith Jones. Hailing from mountainous rocky cliffs, the 15" tall x 30" wide evergreen specimens are composed of glossy, holly fern-like leaves. Polystichum lepidocaulon was originally in the genus, Cyrtomidictyum, where it probably should remain, although DNA researchers are trying to lump this and cyrtomium into polystichum...off with their reproductive organs! The unique attribute of Polystichum lepidocaulon (lepidocaulon means graceful, elegant leaves) is the terminal pinnae which morphs like a horror movie alien into a 2' long whip-like tip that extends outward where it eventually roots down to form a new plantlet...a true pteridophytic dominatrix!