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PlantFiles: Golden Leather Fern, Mangrove Fern, Coastal Leather Fern
Acrostichum aureum

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Family: Pteridaceae
Genus: Acrostichum (ak-ro-STISH-um) (Info)
Species: aureum (AW-re-um) (Info)

Category:
Ferns

Height:
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Danger:
N/A

Bloom Color:
Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:
N/A

Foliage:
Grown for foliage
Evergreen
Burgundy
Bronze-Green
Smooth-Textured
Shiny/Glossy-Textured
Leathery-Textured

Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
This plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
From spores

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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Profile:

1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive MotherNature4 On Nov 26, 2008, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

This native fern of the lower Florida coastlines is distinguished from the more common Giant Leather Fern by the fertile pinnae located on the upper fronds only. It often has short spines on the lower rachis. According to Gil Nelson, it was first noted by Andre Michaux along Florida's Indian River in 1789. It is listed as an Endangered Species.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Jacksonville, Florida



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