Resurrection Fern, Gray Polypody
Polypodium polypodioides var. michauxianum

Family: Polypodiaceae
Genus: Polypodium (pol-ee-PODE-ee-um) (Info)
Species: polypodioides var. michauxianum

Category:

Ferns

Height:

under 6 in. (15 cm)

Spacing:

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:

N/A

Foliage:

Evergreen

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From spores

Seed Collecting:

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

Regional

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

Montgomery, Alabama

Tuscaloosa, Alabama (2 reports)

Bartow, Florida

Fountain, Florida

Gainesville, Florida

Bastrop, Louisiana

Columbus, Mississippi

Kure Beach, North Carolina

Unionville, Tennessee

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Gardeners' Notes:

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RatingContent
Neutral

On Jun 7, 2009, PG789 from Gainesville, FL wrote:

Ressurrection ferns grow profusely on our old oaks in Gainesville, Florida. I have seen them in all our our neighboring communities. We are right on the border of zones 8b and 9a so we can have micro climates depending on the north side of a house or south side of a house and shade conditions.

I have never been able to "paste" the fern onto my oaks and they do not seem to like transplanting but one showed up on the bottom of an outdoor furniture seat cushion. When a tree cutter has cut down some oaks I have asked them to save me some limbs with the ferns on them and used them as borders but they don't even like that, and soon die, NOT to be resurrected when it rains!!

I think they are pretty plentiful in North Central, Florida, and like the general climat... read more