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Microsorum scolopendria

Family: Polypodiaceae
Genus: Microsorum (my-kroh-SOR-um) (Info)
Species: scolopendria (skol-oh-PEND-ree-uh) (Info)

Synonym:Phymatosorus scolopendria
Synonym:Phymatodes scolopendria
Synonym:Polypodium scolopendria
Synonym:Microsorum grossum
Synonym:Phymatosorus grossus

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

under 6 in. (15 cm)
6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 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)
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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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:

Grown for foliage

Other details:
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Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:

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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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive NeilPorter4u On Feb 16, 2012, NeilPorter4u from North Fort Myers, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

Several years ago I bought one pot of the Wart Fern and planted it under an orange tree where it spread around under the tree very well. When I moved, I pulled up about 50 pieces between 6" and a couple feet long. We planted them in a large area under three oak trees where hardly anything else had grown. They are growing very well and are ideal as a ground cover under the oak trees. The fronds stand vertically and have a very nice shade of green. Oak trees in southwest Florida drop leaves year round and often branches

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

Native to Puerto Rico, Madagascar, Tanzania, and Bali.

Positive IslandJim On Feb 11, 2005, IslandJim from Keizer, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is one of the useful natives for a subtropical landscape. It behaves itself and does not become weedy. Its common name will likely keep it somewhat rare in the box store and Wal-Mart garden centers, but it's worth searching out.


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

Big Pine Key, Florida
Bokeelia, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Hollywood, Florida
Loxahatchee, Florida
Naples, Florida
North Fort Myers, Florida
Venice, Florida
Hawaiian Paradise Park, Hawaii

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