Arborvitae Fern

Selaginella braunii

Actually not a fern at all, this oversized spikemoss is named for its lacy, scaly frond-like leaves that resemble an Arborvitae, Slowly spreads to create a mounding groundcover for shady areas. The dark green color complements woodland or terrarium plantings, and is especially attractive mixed with ferns. Herbaceous perennial.
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Keep soil moist but not soggy.

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Botanical Pronunciationsel-ah-gih-NEL-ah BRAWN-ee-eye
Average Size at MaturitySlow grower to 6 to 12 in. tall, 24 in. wide.
Bloom TimePrized for Foliage
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Foliage ColorDark Green
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Cottage, Rustic, Tropical
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseWoodland Garden
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureClump Forming, Gift Plant, Waterwise
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsKeep soil moist but not soggy.

Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. As a groundcover, space plants 2 ft. to 3 ft. apart, (closer for faster coverage). Control weeds with mulch until the plants cover the area.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 6-9

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