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Pleopeltis polypodioides

Family: Polypodiaceae
Genus: Pleopeltis (plee-oh-PEL-tiss) (Info)
Species: polypodioides (pol-ee-pod-ee-OY-deez) (Info)

Synonym:Polypodium polypodioides
Synonym:Acrostichum polypodioides
Synonym:Marginaria polypodioides
Synonym:Pleopeltis polypodioides var. acicularis
Synonym:Pleopeltis polypodioides var. michauxiana

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USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
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:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade


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Grown for foliage

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
This plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
4.5 or below (very acidic)
4.6 to 5.0 (highly acidic)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

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

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Cretaceous On Mar 25, 2007, Cretaceous from El Sobrante, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

This fern is native to the south-western United States, Mexico, Bolivia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

It is considered a threatened species in the state of Ohio. Hard to find in local nurseries.

Positive ButterflyGardnr On Jan 9, 2003, ButterflyGardnr from Orlando, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

This plant occurs commonly on live oak branches and occassionally on other tree species. It was growing on a cedar in my yard. The fern shrivels up and turns brown during dry times and revives, turning a bright green, when it rains. It is an epiphytic fern that spreads by spores and divisions of the rhizomes.


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

Auburn, Alabama
Gaylesville, Alabama
Jones, Alabama
New Market, Alabama
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Morrilton, Arkansas
Wilmington, Delaware
Bartow, Florida
Boca Raton, Florida
Brooksville, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Hollywood, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Melbourne, Florida
Saint Cloud, Florida
Sarasota, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida
Yulee, Florida
Atlanta, Georgia
Chatsworth, Georgia
Lake Charles, Louisiana
New Orleans, Louisiana
, Massachusetts
Mathiston, Mississippi
Natchez, Mississippi
Beaufort, South Carolina
Bluffton, South Carolina
Florence, South Carolina
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Islandton, South Carolina
Ladys Island, South Carolina
Lexington, South Carolina
Pelion, South Carolina
Saint Helena Island, South Carolina
Summerville, South Carolina
Cleveland, Tennessee
Unionville, Tennessee
Lufkin, Texas
Spring, Texas
Suffolk, Virginia
Kalama, Washington

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