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Golden Polypody Fern
|Size:||2 ft tall by 2 ft wide, spreads slowly by rhisomes|
|Life Span:||Long-lived perennial|
|Noted for:||Interesting foliage|
|Recommended Uses:||Typically epiphytic (on trees). Interesting grown in the boots (old leaf bases) of cabbage palm. Can also be grown in soil or on rock as part of a shade or fern garden.|
|Propagation:||Can be grown from spores.|
|Availability:||Friends, FNPS plant sales|
|Light:||Part Shade, Shade|
always floodedextremely dry
|(Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry)|
|Moisture Tolerance:||Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry|
|Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:||Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.|
|Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:||Moderate. Tolerant of salty wind and may get some salt spray. Exposure to salt spray would be uncommon (major storms).|
|Soil or other substrate:||Epiphytic (growing on trees), Humus (organic, upland)|
|Native Habitats:||Hammocks. Epiphytic on cabbage palm. Occasionally in humus at ground level.|
Distribution and Planting Zones
Natural Range in Florida
Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 9A 9B
USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures
This is a native that makes Florida look tropical.
Herbarium specimens from Leon County say that the fern was likely brought in. Otherwise, the northern locations appear to be coastal, and likely that should be considered when considering this species. The entire peninsula appears to be appropriate habitat.