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Mother Fern

Asplenium bulbiferum

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.
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Full shade, Partial shade

Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.


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Botanical Pronunciationas-PLEE-nee-um bulb-EE-fer-um
LoreMother 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.
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing; reaches 4 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.
Bloom TimePrized 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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Tropical
Growth HabitArching
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Mass Planting, Rock Garden, Specimen, Woodland Garden
Light NeedsFull shade, Partial shade
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureEasy Care, Gift Plant, Shade Loving, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Year-round Interest, Pet Friendly
Water NeedsHigh
Watering NeedsWater regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
Companion PlantsAzalea (Azalea); Bleeding Heart (Dicentra); Bellflower (Campanula); Hosta (Hosta); Carpet Bugle (Ajuga)

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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 9-11

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