giant leather fern
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Specimen plant or mass background planting in moist areas. Could be used as a hedge. As this fern gets very tall, it is not appropriate as a groundcover.
Not drought tolerant.
Used as cover.
Brackish and freshwater marshes, swamps, river floodplains.
Distribution and Planting Zones
Natural Range in Florida
USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures
Suitable to grow in:
Fiddleheads are edible. Fronds have been used as thatch.
Can be cut back to improve appearance, but should not be severely pruned more than once a year. Spores cover undersides of leaves giving them a bi-color appearance.