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Walking Fern Asplenium rhizophyllum

Previously known as:

  • Asplenium myriophyllum
Phonetic Spelling
ah-SPLEE-nee-um rye-zo-FYE-lum
Description

Prefers moist, shady and limestone rocks; frond tip will root if the rocks are wet and mossy; prolonged drought is detrimental; often damaged by slugs and snails

Low-growing, evergreen clumping fern that roots at the leaf tips.

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  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Asplenium
    Species:
    rhizophyllum
    Family:
    Aspleniaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    E. Canada to U.S.A.
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Deer
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 2 in. - 0 ft. 8 in.
    Width: 0 ft. 2 in. - 0 ft. 8 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Fern
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Arching
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil pH:
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Moist
    Occasionally Wet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5b, 5a, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8b, 8a
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Summer
    Fruit Description:
    No fruits. Spores display from May to October.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Description:
    No flowers.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Leathery
    Leaf Type:
    Fronds
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Rosulate
    Leaf Shape:
    Cordate
    Lanceolate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Simple, arching, lance-shaped, slightly leathery fronds radiate from base; heart-shaped or rounded base; long, tapering tip; scattered sori; young plants grow flat to ground
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer