Virginia Blue Rabbit's Foot Fern

Polypodium pseudoaureum 'Virginia Blue'

A beautiful and dramatic fern. Silvery blue fronds sprout golden-orange furry rhizomes that will circle in baskets or crawl along the soil in the garden, slowly creating a lush mound. Best foliage color in deep to dappled shade, and stunning when featured in contrast to plants with dark green leaves.
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Your climate might be too cold for this plant: 7


Full shade, Partial shade

Needs regular watering- weekly or more often, to maintain consistently moist soil.

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Botanical Pronunciationpol-ee-PODE-ee-um soo-do-AW-ree-um
Average Size at MaturityArching fronds reach 1-2 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeDoes not flower.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Foliage ColorGray-green
Garden StyleRustic, Tropical
Growth HabitSpreading
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Water Garden, Woodland Garden, Edging
Light NeedsFull shade, Partial shade
Special FeatureDramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Gift Plant, Shade Loving, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Tolerates Wet Soils, Year-round Interest
Water NeedsHigh
Watering NeedsNeeds regular watering- weekly or more often, to maintain consistently moist soil.

Provide moist, well drained soil, rich in organic matter. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. 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: 8-9

Your USDA Cold Hardiness Zone: 7

Your climate may be too cold for this plant