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Polypodium californicum (California Polypody)

California Polypody


A popular California native fern, Polypodium californicum (California Polypody) is a semi-evergreen fern with attractive leathery, lance-shaped, rich green fronds. Remaining lush and fresh-looking from fall to spring, California Polypody dies back to the ground in the dry season. In areas that are wet year round it may stay evergreen. It spreads slowly by creeping rhizomes to form a lovely colony. Undemanding, adding charm and personality to gardens, it is often used in moist rock gardens, rocky slopes and fern grottos. Perfect under the dense shade of native oaks and other trees.

  • Grows up to 18 in. tall (45 cm) and 3 ft. wide (90 cm).
  • A part shade to full shade lover, it is best grown in well-drained soils. Tolerates a wide variety of soils as long as adequate moisture is present..
  • This plant is a great choice for shady beds and borders, underplanting of roses and shrubs, cottage gardens, rock gardens, rain gardens or woodland gardens.
  • Virtually pest and disease free. Deer resistant.
  • Dead or damaged fronds may be removed as necessary.
  • Propagate by spores.
  • Native to California and northwestern Mexico.

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Requirements

Hardiness 7 – 10
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Ferns
Plant Family Polypodium - Ferns
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 36" (90cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Semi-Evergreen
Native Plants United States, California
Tolerance Deer
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Rain Gardens, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, 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 7 – 10
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Ferns
Plant Family Polypodium - Ferns
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 36" (90cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Semi-Evergreen
Native Plants United States, California
Tolerance Deer
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Rain Gardens, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage

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