Photo by Melody

PlantFiles: Giant Leather Fern, Giant Fern, Inland Leather Fern
Acrostichum danaeifolium

Family: Pteridaceae
Genus: Acrostichum (ak-ro-STISH-um) (Info)
Species: danaeifolium (dan-ay-ee-FOH-lee-um) (Info)

Synonym:Acrostichum excelsum
Synonym:Acrostichum lomarioides
Synonym:Chrysodium lomarioides
Synonym:Chrysodium lomarioides var. hastatum

3 members have or want this plant for trade.


8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

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:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:


Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Very high moisture needs; suitable for bogs and water gardens

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From spores

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

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By MotherNature4
Thumbnail #1 of Acrostichum danaeifolium by MotherNature4


2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive NativePlantFan9 On Sep 12, 2004, NativePlantFan9 from Boca Raton, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

The Giant Leather Fern is native to the freshwater marshes, swamps, and swampy hammocks and wet, marshy prairies from north-central Florida southward throughout the rest of the state and the Keys, including the Everglades. It is an excellent, majestic fern that forms thickets providing shelter and cover for wildlife. It can grow up to 6 feet tall and possibly more and likes wet conditions. If you have a pond, I'd give this fern a thumbs-up!

MORE FACTS - May be resistant to some dry weather.

Positive MotherNature4 On Sep 12, 2004, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

This huge fern has dark green fronds from 8-10 ft. long. Reddish brown spore cases cover the undersides of fertile fronds, making one think of suede leather. It is an awsome sight, especially where they have formed a natural thicket.


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

Bartow, Florida
Big Pine Key, Florida
Boca Raton, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Melbourne, Florida
Merritt Island, Florida
Miami, Florida
Punta Gorda, Florida

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