Asplenium bulbiferumItem #3600 USDA Hardiness Zone: 9 - 11
Bright green, finely cut fronds emerge from a single crown, developing into lush, feather-like evergreen foliage with a graceful, arching habit. Provides excellent texture contrast in shady landscapes. Works well in containers and hanging baskets, provided a sheltered location with bright shade.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full to partial shadeWatering Needs:Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.Average Landscape Size:Moderate growing; reaches 4 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.
- 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; reaches 4 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:Prized for foliage.Design 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 PlantsAzalea (Azalea); Bleeding Heart (Dicentra); Bellflower (Campanula); Hosta (Hosta); Carpet Bugle (Ajuga)
- CareCare InformationProvide organically rich, evenly moist, well-drained soil. Thrives in warm, bright shade. 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:Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
- 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.