Asplenium bulbiferumItem #3600 USDA Hardiness Zone: 9 - 11
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Bright green, finely-cut fronds emerge from a single crown. Evergreen foliage has a graceful, arching habit that provides excellent contrast in the shady landscape.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:as-PLE-ni-um bulb-IF-er-umPlant type:FernDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenSunset climate zones:15 - 17, 20 - 24Growth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing to 4 ft. tall and 3 ft. wide.Special features:Easy CareFoliage color:GreenBlooms:Does not flowerGarden styleTropicalDesign IdeasMother Ferns are symmetrical in form like a feather-fronded palm. Shelter under awnings or on north-facing exposures. Tuck into shaded porches and nooks in the architecture. Does very well in pots or hanging baskets. Do not grow in sun or where wind could dry its fronds.Companion PlantsRequires shelter and grows well with Catlin's Giant Carpet Bugle, (Ajuga reptans 'Catlin's Giant'), a carpet-like groundcover with deep blue flowers, the red-flowering Luxuriant Fringed Bleeding Heart, (Dicentra x 'Luxuriant') and spreading Dalmatian Bellflower, (Campanula portenschlagiana), Hosta and a variety of Belgian Indica Azalea.
- CareCare InformationFollow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed frequently during growing season with a general purpose fertilizer. Cut back old fronds after new growth begins in spring.Light Needs:Full to partial shadeWatering Needs:Needs wet or constantly moist soil.
- History & LoreHistory:This fern falls into the Polypodiaceae and is naitive to both Australia and New Zealand. It si also known as the "hen and chicks" fern due to the natural vegetative reproduction.Lore:Mother ferns are called such because of the little offsets that are produced on the fronds which then fall to the ground to produce new plants.