Thelypteris kunthii

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

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

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Southern Shield Fern


Plant Specifics

Size:1-3 (4) ft tall 
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Habitats:Hydric and mesic hammocks, shallow swamps and swamp edges, floodplains, limerock, concrete, ditches.


Recommended Uses:Groundcover recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restoration.
Light: Part Shade,  Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
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 Tolerance:Some tolerance to salty wind but not direct salt spray.
Soil/Substrate:Loam, Lime rock, Sand


Cover for many ground-dwelling species.