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Felt Fern Pyrrosia lingua

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Phonetic Spelling
pih-ROH-zha LIN-gwa
Description

The evergreen felt fern is a slow-growing fern with long shallow, creeping rhizomes.   It produces upright fronds each with a tapered base that range from 12" to 18" tall.  The hairs and scales give the fronds a soft felty feel. 

They make great container plants as well as locating on slopes, tree trunks, logs, and rocks. If locating in containers, use an orchid bark amended soil.

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Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Alabama Gold'
  • 'Corymbifera"
  • 'Cuspidata'
  • 'Eboshi'
  • 'Futaba Shishi'
  • 'Hiryu'
  • 'Kei Kan'
  • 'Nankin Shishi'
  • 'Obake Nana'
  • 'Ogon Nishiki'
  • 'Tachiba Koryu'
'Alabama Gold', 'Corymbifera", 'Cuspidata', 'Eboshi', 'Futaba Shishi', 'Hiryu', 'Kei Kan', 'Nankin Shishi', 'Obake Nana', 'Ogon Nishiki', 'Tachiba Koryu'
Tags:
#evergreen#drought tolerant#specimen#epiphytic#fern#winter interest#deer resistant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Alabama Gold'
  • 'Corymbifera"
  • 'Cuspidata'
  • 'Eboshi'
  • 'Futaba Shishi'
  • 'Hiryu'
  • 'Kei Kan'
  • 'Nankin Shishi'
  • 'Obake Nana'
  • 'Ogon Nishiki'
  • 'Tachiba Koryu'
'Alabama Gold', 'Corymbifera", 'Cuspidata', 'Eboshi', 'Futaba Shishi', 'Hiryu', 'Kei Kan', 'Nankin Shishi', 'Obake Nana', 'Ogon Nishiki', 'Tachiba Koryu'
Tags:
#evergreen#drought tolerant#specimen#epiphytic#fern#winter interest#deer resistant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Pyrrosia
    Species:
    lingua
    Family:
    Polypodiaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    China to Indo-China, South Korea, Nansei-shoto to Taiwan
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Heavy shade, Deer
    Climbing Method:
    Scrambler
    Edibility:
    medicinal
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 8 in. - 1 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Fern
    Ground Cover
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Creeping
    Mounding
    Prostrate
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Coarse
  • 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 Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6a, 6b, 7b, 7a, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10b, 10a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Description:
    No fruits. This plants reproduces via spores.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Description:
    No flowers.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    White
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Other/more complex
    Leaf Shape:
    Linear
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Blade is leathery, lance shaped and tapers to a long pointed tip; lower blade is densely covered with persistent white to gray brown stellate hairs; stipe one fifth to one half the frond length.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Surface:
    Hairy (pubescent)
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Hanging Baskets
    Patio
    Rock Wall
    Slope/Bank
    Small Space
    Walkways
    Landscape Theme:
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Edible Garden
    Fairy Garden
    Rock Garden
    Shade Garden
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Small groups
    Specimen
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Heavy Shade
    Rabbits