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Selaginella braunii

Family: Selaginellaceae
Genus: Selaginella (sell-lah-gi-NEL-uh) (Info)
Species: braunii (BRAUN-ee-eye) (Info)

Synonym:Selaginella hieronymi
Synonym:Selaginella vogelii

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8 members have or want this plant for trade.


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

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)

Sun Exposure:
Partial to Full Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:


Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

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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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive pushthezone On Feb 21, 2010, pushthezone from Saint Louis, MO wrote:

Bought in Tennessee, planted in St. Louis, MO
Can not say enough good about this plant, grows terrific especially in morning sun, slower in shade, once established no special treatment, no disease or predators. Likes most soil but appreciates hole enhanced with a little compost, or mulch, anything to loosen the soil so it can spread runners.
In zone 5 (-4 has been our low this year) I give it a little extra cover for winter, in spring when I remove the cover....there she is, green as you please. I have it everywhere, never looks out of place and visitors to the garden always, yes always, notice it.

Positive skidz On Jul 27, 2009, skidz from Wetumpka, AL wrote:

Beautiful fern like effect. Looks great with hostas, ferns, impatiens, etc. Grows best in full shade in my Zone 7/8 garden where I only water it once a week. OK in partial shade with more water. Easy to transplant. Easy to divide. When I have moved it, it grows in the new spots and bits of root left behind resprout in the old spot. It even started to grow in my compost pile. Not invasive, however. as each new plant increases in size only gradually.

Positive Cretaceous On Apr 24, 2007, Cretaceous from El Sobrante, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Selaginella braunii is native to China and India.

This plant has done well here zone 9b, in a somewhat shady location. It is hardier than most other types of Selaginella.

Not commonly found in nurseries locally.

Neutral sanity101 On Aug 30, 2005, sanity101 from Dublin, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

Was sold to me as being hardy in this zone (5), but perhaps not so:

Was notably unsucessful in a bed with many other thriving fern varieties. Came back very small one year, but died the next. Conditions were clay/loam soil under heavy deciduous shade, receiving fairly regular watering. Lady-, Royal-, Japanese Painted- and Autumn Ferns in the same area did well.

The foliage was very finely cut and attractive.


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

Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Wetumpka, Alabama
El Cerrito, California
Bartow, Florida
Deland, Florida
Pensacola, Florida (2 reports)
Wildwood, Florida
Decatur, Georgia
Macon, Georgia
Marietta, Georgia
Newnan, Georgia
Stone Mountain, Georgia
Baton Rouge, Louisiana (2 reports)
Lafayette, Louisiana
New Orleans, Louisiana
Saint Francisville, Louisiana
Ventress, Louisiana
Silver Spring, Maryland
Saint Louis, Missouri
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Cleveland, Ohio
Beaufort, South Carolina
Arlington, Tennessee
Humble, Texas
Palestine, Texas

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