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Polypodium cambricum (Welsh Polypody)

Welsh Polypody, Southern Polypody, Polypodium australe

Polypodium cambricum,  Welsh Polypody, Southern Polypody, plants for shade, Evergreen Fern

Providing cheerful greenery throughout the winter, Polypodium cambricum (Welsh Polypody) is a semi-evergreen fern with attractive leathery, very broad, pinnatifid, deep green fronds. Remaining lush and fresh-looking from fall to spring, Welsh Polypody goes dormant in the summer. Low-growing, it spreads by creeping rhizomes and makes a lovely groundcover. Gracing cottage gardens, rock gardens or woodland gardens, Welsh Polypody combines beautifully with other shade-loving ferns, perennials, and wildflowers.

  • Grows up to 4-24 in. tall (10-60 cm) and spreads infinitely.
  • A full sun to part shade lover, it is best grown in moderately fertile, moist, humus-rich, gritty or stoney, well-drained soils. A fern for a neutral to alkaline soil. Shelter from cold winds.
  • This plant is a great choice for shady beds and borders, underplanting of roses and shrubs, cottage gardens, rock gardens or woodland gardens.
  • Virtually pest and disease free. Deer resistant.
  • Dead or damaged fronds may be removed as necessary.
  • Propagate by spores at 59-61°F (15-16°C) when ripe. Divide in spring or early summer
  • Native to Southern European and British habitats.

Requirements

Hardiness 6 - 8
Heat Zones 6 - 8
Plant Type Ferns
Plant Family Polypodiaceae
Genus Polypodium
Common names Fern
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 4" - 2'
(10cm - 60cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Semi-Evergreen
Tolerance Deer
Garden Uses Banks And Slopes, Beds And Borders, Ground Covers, Patio And Containers, Underplanting Roses And Shrubs
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, City and Courtyard, Gravel and Rock Garden
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Phlebodium aureum (Blue Star Fern)
Polypodium scouleri (Leathery Polypody)
Pleopeltis polypodioides (Resurrection Fern)
Polypodium virginianum (Rock Polypody)
Thelypteris noveboracensis (New York Fern)
Polypodium glycyrrhiza (Licorice Fern)

Recommended Companion Plants

Galanthus nivalis (Snowdrop)
Cyclamen hederifolium (Ivy-Leaved Cyclamen)
Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Arnold Promise’ (Witch Hazel)
Eranthis hyemalis (Winter Aconite)
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 - 8
Heat Zones 6 - 8
Plant Type Ferns
Plant Family Polypodiaceae
Genus Polypodium
Common names Fern
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 4" - 2'
(10cm - 60cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Semi-Evergreen
Tolerance Deer
Garden Uses Banks And Slopes, Beds And Borders, Ground Covers, Patio And Containers, Underplanting Roses And Shrubs
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, City and Courtyard, Gravel and Rock Garden
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