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Walking Fern

Posted by Tammy Sons on

The Camptosorus Rhizophyllus plant is a native plant of Canada & Eastern and Western United States. This plant can be grown near ponds or in shady areas and can also be used as a groundcover for vacant areas in your home garden. The leaves of this plant grow up to a height of 6 inches and spread from 6-12 inches. This plant is mostly found on calcareous rocks which indicate the presence of calcareous soil.

Camptosorus Rhizophyllus is also known as the Walking Fern because the leaves of this plant are pointed and contain Sori. When they touch the ground, a new plant emerges from the tip. The plant has simple, long petioles and slender leaves. They are evergreen plants and are found on limestone boulders. This fern is not easily available which makes it rare comparatively to other ferns. The French name given to this fern is Doradille Ambulante.

This plant continues to grow in winter season and has leaves which are undivided. You may find red-brown patches under the leaves. The Camptosorus Rhizophyllus is a closely related to the Asplenium Rhizophyllus which is found in East Asia and both belongs to the Spleenwort family.

Camptosorus Rhizophyllus have stems that are erect and scaly. They do not produce flowers and are good to be grown in cool and moist temperature. This plant can grow well in partial or shady areas on rocks and are a good option to grow in rock gardens. These plants are also found in wet and rotten logs as they like cool temperature.

You can grow this plant as a groundcover near a pond or in areas which have little sunlight. They can also be planted on rocky borders of a pavement or a walkway. Being a rare variety this plant can be a proud addition to any home garden.

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