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Pleopeltis polypodioides (Resurrection Fern)

Resurrection Fern, Pleopeltis michauxiana, Polypodium polypodioides


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.

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Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 9
Plant Type Ferns
Plant Family Polypodium - Ferns
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)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, Northeast, Delaware, Maryland, New York, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Southwest, Oklahoma, Texas
Tolerance Rabbit
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage

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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.


Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 9
Plant Type Ferns
Plant Family Polypodium - Ferns
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)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, Northeast, Delaware, Maryland, New York, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Southwest, Oklahoma, Texas
Tolerance Rabbit
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage

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