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PlantFiles: Vegetable Fern
Diplazium esculentum

Family: Woodsiaceae
Genus: Diplazium (dy-PLAY-zee-um) (Info)
Species: esculentum (es-kew-LEN-tum) (Info)

Synonym:Anisogonium esculentum
Synonym:Athyrium esculentum

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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

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:
Partial to Full Shade


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Grown for foliage

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)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From leaf cuttings
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings

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 27, 2007, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

This large fern has escaped cultivation in Florida. It is seen as a landscape plant in shady areas throughout the state.

Neutral palmbob On Nov 17, 2003, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

The young fronds (croziers) are eaten raw or cooked in native countries (India, Philippines, Indonesia, New Guinea and Polynesia). Clustering fern spreads by stolons. Grows well in southern California along the coast.


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

Bartow, Florida
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Monroe, Louisiana
Houston, Texas

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