Thelypteris kunthii

Photographs belong to the photographers who allow use for FNPS purposes only. Please contact the photographer for all other uses.

Southern Shield Fern


Plant Specifics

Size:1-3 (4) ft tall 
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:NA
Fruit Color:NA
Noted for:Interesting foliage


Recommended Uses:Groundcover recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restoration.
Propagation:Division or from spores. 
Availability:Friends, Native nurseries, Specialty providers
Light: Part Shade,  Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Stays Wet ----- to ----- Somewhat moist, no flooding)
Moisture Tolerance: Stays Wet ----- to ----- Somewhat moist, no flooding
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Tolerant of occasional/brief inundation such as can occur in storm surges.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Some tolerance to salty wind but not direct salt spray.
Soil or other substrate:Loam, Lime rock, Sand
Soil pH:Adaptable, often calcareous



Cover for many ground-dwelling species.

Native Habitats:Hydric and mesic hammocks, shallow swamps and swamp edges, floodplains, limerock, concrete, ditches.

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


Ethnobotany:A boiled concoction was used to clean and heal open cuts.