Psilotum nudum

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Whisk Fern


Plant Specifics

Size:to 1.5 ft tall by to 1.5 ft wide
Life Span:Short-lived perennial
Flower Color:NA
Fruit Color:NA
Noted for:Interesting foliage


Recommended Uses:Typically grown as a curiosity in a shade garden or as an epiphyte. Sometimes grown as a container plant.
Availability:Seed, Specialty providers
Light: Part Shade,  Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
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:Some tolerance to salty wind but not direct salt spray.
Soil or other substrate:Epiphytic (growing on trees), Humus (organic, upland)
Soil pH:


Native Habitats:Variable, mesic to dry hammocks.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


General Comments:This is a primitive plant that produces spores.