Hardiness: USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 °C (-40 °F) USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 °C (-35 °F) USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 °C (-30 °F) USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 °C (-25 °F) USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F) USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F) 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)
Sun Exposure: Partial to Full Shade
Bloom Color: Inconspicuous/none
Bloom Time: N/A
Foliage: Grown for foliage Evergreen Smooth-Textured Shiny/Glossy-Textured
Other details: Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Soil pH requirements: 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic) 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral) 7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline) 7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)
On May 5, 2007, DebinSC from Summerville, SC (Zone 8a) wrote:
A very attractive fern. It grows wild in our area and I have one that grew in mostly shade out of the mortar on a brick wall (see photo). I also have some that are very full, growing in full sun in a pretty damp spot. Tallest I've seen is about 16".
On Dec 29, 2004, Toxicodendron from Piedmont, MO (Zone 6a) wrote:
Ebony Spleenwort is a native fern here in Missouri. It is very hardy and tolerates considerable drought every summer. It will get larger and more lush in the cultivated garden than in it's natural setting, but it is a rather small fern either way. It is shallowly rooted and often pops up in rock depressions, tree root pockets, etc. Lovely with other tiny plants, but easily overwhelmed by most.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Gardena, California Candler-macafee, Georgia Rest Haven, Georgia Lawrence, Kansas Prospect, Kentucky Bastrop, Louisiana Ann Arbor, Michigan Piedmont, Missouri Chapel Hill, North Carolina Elizabeth City, North Carolina Kinston, North Carolina Weaverville, North Carolina Fruit Hill, Ohio Bluffton, South Carolina Conway, South Carolina Hilton Head Island, South Carolina Lexington, South Carolina Pelion, South Carolina Summerville, South Carolina Viola, Tennessee Lipan, Texas Leesburg, Virginia Merrimac, Virginia Roanoke, Virginia