Wild Bird's-nest Fern, Bird's-nest Spleenwort

Asplenium serratum

Family: Aspleniaceae
Genus: Asplenium (ass-PLEE-nee-um) (Info)
Species: serratum (sair-AY-tum) (Info)



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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Very high moisture needs; suitable for bogs and water gardens

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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)

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Full Shade


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Other details:

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

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Nov 5, 2004, NativePlantFan9 from Boca Raton, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

The Wild Bird's nest Fern is native to the hammocks and swamps and somewhat dry (usu. seasonally) areas to very wet areas and swamps of south Florida and the Keys possibly. It is a great and unusual-appearing native fern but is sadly listed as endangered by the state of Florida and is vulnerable to habitat destruction!

MORE FACTS - Usually grows on logs and tree trunks and branches of low to moderately high trees, on the lower branches, or on dead trees. Found in wet and seasonally dry areas of south and southwest Florida, including the wet areas such as the hammocks and seasonally dry pine flatwoods of the Everglades.