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Pleopeltis polypodioides (Resurrection Fern)

Resurrection Fern, Pleopeltis michauxiana, Polypodium polypodioides

Pleopeltis polypodioides, Resurrection Fern, Pleopeltis michauxiana, Polypodium polypodioides, Evergreen Fern, Shade Evergreens, Shade Plants, Shade Perennials
Pleopeltis polypodioides, Resurrection Fern, Pleopeltis michauxiana, Polypodium polypodioides, Evergreen Fern, Shade Evergreens, Shade Plants, Shade Perennials
Pleopeltis polypodioides, Resurrection Fern, Pleopeltis michauxiana, Polypodium polypodioides, Evergreen Fern, Shade Evergreens, Shade Plants, Shade Perennials
Pleopeltis polypodioides, Resurrection Fern, Pleopeltis michauxiana, Polypodium polypodioides, Evergreen Fern, Shade Evergreens, Shade Plants, Shade Perennials

Pleopeltis polypodioides (Resurrection Fern) is an evergreen fern with attractive lance-shaped fronds, 4-8 in. long (10-20 cm), once pinnately divided with 8-14 pairs of oblong pinnae (leaflets). The pinnae are densely scaled on the lower surface and smooth on the upper surface. The spores are clustered in rusty orange sori on the undersides of the fronds. Remaining lush and fresh-looking throughout the season, Resurrection Fern is a terrestrial, epiphytic fern (growing on another plants but not a parasite), or epipetric fern (growing on rocks). Its long-creeping rhizome sends out short, wiry roots to anchor the plant and to absorb water and nutrients. When there is not enough water, the fronds curl up and look dead. However, as soon as water touches the leaves again, they unfold and resurrect, often in a few minutes time. Gracing shaded cottage gardens, rock gardens or woodland gardens, Resurrection Fern makes a lovely accent plant when grown on tree trunks, fallen logs, old stumps, ledges or rocks.

  • Grows up to 6-12 in. tall and wide (15-30 cm).
  • Performs best in part shade to full shade in moist areas.
  • This plant is a great choice for shady rock gardens, cottage gardens, or woodland gardens.
  • Virtually pest and disease free. Rabbit resistant.
  • Dead or damaged fronds may be removed as necessary.
  • Propagate by division or spores.
  • Native to the Americas and Africa.

Requirements

Hardiness 6 - 9
Plant Type Ferns
Plant Family Polypodiaceae
Genus Polypodium
Common names Resurrection Fern, Fern
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 6" - 1'
(15cm - 30cm)
Spread 6" - 1'
(15cm - 30cm)
Spacing 12" (30cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United States, Maryland, Delaware, New York, Southeast, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Ohio, Illinois, Missouri, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Georgia, Arkansas, Alabama, Florida, West Virginia, South Carolina, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Texas, Oklahoma
Tolerance Full Shade, Rabbit
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Gravel and Rock Garden
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Phlebodium aureum (Blue Star Fern)
Polypodium scouleri (Leathery Polypody)
Polypodium virginianum (Rock Polypody)
Thelypteris noveboracensis (New York Fern)
Polypodium glycyrrhiza (Licorice Fern)
Polypodium vulgare (Common Polypody)
While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.
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Requirements

Hardiness 6 - 9
Plant Type Ferns
Plant Family Polypodiaceae
Genus Polypodium
Common names Resurrection Fern, Fern
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 6" - 1'
(15cm - 30cm)
Spread 6" - 1'
(15cm - 30cm)
Spacing 12" (30cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United States, Maryland, Delaware, New York, Southeast, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Ohio, Illinois, Missouri, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Georgia, Arkansas, Alabama, Florida, West Virginia, South Carolina, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Texas, Oklahoma
Tolerance Full Shade, Rabbit
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Gravel and Rock Garden
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Do I Need?
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