Kangaroo Fern

Microsorum scolopendria

Dark green leaves that spread from rhizomes make excellent ground cover in the tropical garden, and a lush houseplant for dappled shade to partial sun. An easy plant to grow in moist, well-drained soils.
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Filtered sun, Full sun, Partial shade, Partial sun

Water regularly-weekly, or more often in extreme heat

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Botanical Pronunciationmy-kroh-SOR-um skol-oh-PEND-ree-uh
Average Size at Maturity1 to 2 ft. tall, spreading indefinitely.
Bloom TimeSpore-producing; does not flower.
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleTropical
Growth HabitSpreading
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseContainer, Mass Planting, Poolside, Ground Cover, Living Wall
Light NeedsFiltered sun, Full sun, Partial shade, Partial sun
Special FeatureEasy Care, Gift Plant, Naturalizes Well
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly-weekly, or more often in extreme heat
Companion PlantsBanana Shrub (Michelia figo); Giant Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia nicolai); Flowering Maple (Abutilon); Elephant Ear (Colocasia); Bush Lily (Clivia)

Not particular about soil; will spread on trees, walls, rocks, and in the garden. Takes morning sun; shelter from harsh afternoon sun in extremely hot areas. Can tolerate some drought, but looks best with regular watering; keep moist but not wet.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 9-11

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