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Pyrrosia lingua (Tongue Fern)

Tongue Fern, Felt Fern, Japanese Fern

Pyrrosia lingua, Tongue Fern, Felt Fern, Japanese Fern

Pyrrosia lingua (Tongue Fern) is an evergreen fern with a slowly growing and long creeping rhizome that produces simple upright olive green fronds with a tapered base. The leathery leaves have wavy margins with a slight twist, exposing their felted cinnamon to tan undersides. Great in containers, planted on tree trunks or rocks, or planted in the ground as a magnificent evergreen groundcover. Perfect for steep slopes.

  • Grows up to 8-18 in. tall (20-45 cm) and 2-3 ft wide (60-90 cm).
  • A morning sun or bright shade lover, it is best grown in well-drained soils. Water occasionally to regularly.
  • Avoid overwatering and use a well-drained orchid bark amended soil in containers. Drought tolerant once established.
  • Propagate by division.
  • Native to China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan.

Requirements

Hardiness 8 - 10
Plant Type Ferns
Plant Family Polypodiaceae
Common names Fern, Japanese Fern
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 8" - 2'
(20cm - 60cm)
Spread 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spacing 24" - 36"
(60cm - 90cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought
Garden Uses Banks And Slopes, Ground Covers, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden
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Requirements

Hardiness 8 - 10
Plant Type Ferns
Plant Family Polypodiaceae
Common names Fern, Japanese Fern
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 8" - 2'
(20cm - 60cm)
Spread 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spacing 24" - 36"
(60cm - 90cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought
Garden Uses Banks And Slopes, Ground Covers, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden
How Many Plants
Do I Need?

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