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Climbing Bird's Nest Fern, Dwarf Elkhorn Fern, Terrestrial Elkhorn Fern, Fishtail Strap Fern
Polypodium grandiceps

Family: Polypodiaceae
Genus: Polypodium (pol-ee-PODE-ee-um) (Info)
Species: grandiceps (GRAN-dee-keps) (Info)
Additional cultivar information:(aka Grandiceps)
Synonym:Microsorium punctatum
Synonym:Microsorum punctatum

Category:

Perennials

Height:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Partial to Full Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:

N/A

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

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:

Non-patented

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

Regional

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

Los Angeles, California

Stockton, California

Bartow, Florida

Big Pine Key, Florida

North Port, Florida

Pompano Beach, Florida

Sarasota, Florida

Venice, Florida

Vero Beach, Florida

West Palm Beach, Florida

Cincinnati, Ohio

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Oct 8, 2006, IslandJim from Keizer, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

Wonderful foliage plant! Mine is in a large terra cotta pot in the shade on my front patio. It's entirely maintenance-free--except it will soon need a larger pot or to be divided into two or three pots.