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Bramble Fern Hypolepis repens

Other Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

  • Dicksonia aculeata
  • Hypolepis aculeata
  • Hypolepis delicatula
Phonetic Spelling
hih-poh-LEP-iss reh-PENS
Description

Easy to grow fern in the bracken fern family.  It has long slender stems and creeping rhizomes; naturally occurs in well-drained moist, open woods with wet soil.  A hard freeze will kill it to the ground but it will regrow in the spring in zone 8 and higher.

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#deciduous#shade garden#large leaves#fern#low maintenance#wet sites#deer resistant#wet soils tolerant
 
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#deciduous#shade garden#large leaves#fern#low maintenance#wet sites#deer resistant#wet soils tolerant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Hypolepis
    Species:
    repens
    Family:
    Dennstaedtiaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Tropical & Subtropical America, Florida
    Distribution:
    FL
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Heavy shade, Deer
    Dimensions:
    Height: 3 ft. 0 in. - 8 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 3 ft. 0 in. - 5 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Fern
    Ground Cover
    Habit/Form:
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Appendage:
    Prickles
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Deep shade (Less than 2 hours to no direct sunlight)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Wet
    Available Space To Plant:
    3 feet-6 feet
    6-feet-12 feet
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    9b, 9a, 10b, 10a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Description:
    No fruits. This plants reproduces via spores.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Description:
    No flowers.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Fronds
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Large fronds; triangular with three or four divisions; blade has sparse hairs; stipe and rachis have small spines
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Shade Garden
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Heavy Shade