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PlantFiles: Island Goldback Fern
Pityrogramma chrysophylla

Family: Pteridaceae
Genus: Pityrogramma (pit-ee-roh-GRAM-uh) (Info)
Species: chrysophylla (kris-oh-FIL-a) (Info)

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

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:
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

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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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive MotherNature4 On Nov 25, 2008, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

This was a beautiful fern, but when I purchased one from a collector many years ago, I was not made aware of its tenderness to the cold. No computers were available to gather the information, either. It lasted about 6 months. I must say it was quite lovely while it lasted. If I could find another, I would know how to treat it better now.

Neutral htop On Oct 20, 2007, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have not grown this plant which natively grows in Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. I have observed it growing in its native habitat on the Island of Maui.


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

Bartow, Florida

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