• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full to partial shade
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing; reaches 4 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Shade Loving Foliage
    Blooms:
    Prized for foliage.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:as-PLE-ni-um bulb-IF-er-um
    Plant type:Fern
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Sunset climate zones:15 - 17, 20 - 24
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 4 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.
    Special features:Easy Care, Gift Plant, Pet Friendly
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Prized for foliage.
    Garden styleTropical
    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)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide 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:
    Light needs: Full Shade
    Full to partial shade
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: High
    Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    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.