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Botrychium multifidum

Family: Ophioglossaceae
Genus: Botrychium (boh-TRY-kee-ee-um) (Info)
Species: multifidum (mul-TIF-id-um) (Info)

Synonym:Botrychium californicum
Synonym:Botrychium coulteri
Synonym:Botrychium matricariae
Synonym:Botrychium silaifolium
Synonym:Osmunda multifida


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

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USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

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Grown for foliage

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This plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds

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Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Cretaceous On Mar 26, 2007, Cretaceous from El Sobrante, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Native to the northern and western United States (including Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Utah, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming).

Considered an endangered/threatened species in the states of Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, New Jersey, and New York. This plant is hard to find in nurseries.


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

Greenville, Indiana
Leesburg, Virginia

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