Rock Polypody Fern

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Height At Maturity
Under 3 Feet
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Year Round
Full Shade,
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Reviews (2)

  • 5
    Rock Polypody fern

    Posted by Deann Holloway on 22nd Aug 2019

    wonderful plant

  • 5
    Rock Polypody fern

    Posted by Hallie Jennings on 21st Aug 2019

    What a wonderful addition to our flower garden out back Looks amazing

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Shipping Information

We ship all plants usps priority mail. They arrive to most locations within 2-3 days. We package all plants to retain moisture to up to 10 days in transit. All plants ships from our warehouses in Tennessee. All plants are grown and shipped from out Altamont (zip) 37301 location. We do drop ship for re-sellers also for those wanting to resell our plants.

How We Protect Your Plants For Transit

All plants are dug and immediately taken to our warehouse and tera-sorb moisture retention gel is applied to the roots and then wrapped in plastic to retain superior moisture for transit. They are placed in corogated cardboard shipping boxes for protection when shipped

Upon Receipt Of Your Plants

Upon receipt of your plants, unpack and unwrap the roots and mist with water. Plant within 24-48 hours. If you can not plant within this time frame, put your plants in a cool location (ex- basement, garage or cellar) and water the roots daily. Cover them back up with the plastic so they will not dry out until you can plant them. After planted, water every evening after the sun goes down for 5 days.

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Rock Polypody Fern

Polypodium virginianum, or the Rock Cap Polypod fern, is a small rhizome fern. Its fronds are between three and 15 inches long and about two inches wide. These fronds have scaleless, oblong petioles, and the fronds end in a sharp tip. Large, round sori also identify the fertile fronds in the summer and autumn.

The Rock Cap Polypody Fern is a smaller fern that serves as a ground cover both in the wild and for landscaping purposes. They like their soil either a bit dry or moist, and use a moderate amount of water. The Rock Cap Polypody fern grows well in acidic, rich, acidic to neutral soil. It grows well in gravelly or rocky soil.

This medium green plant grows from six to 12 inches tall and remains hardy in zones two through seven. It stays evergreen in many locations. This evergreen fern is up to two inches wide at the base.

It grows in small clumps or, if conditions are right, can spread to form a large colony of the plants. The Rock Cap Polypody fern naturalizes easily, and makes a great shade garden plant, as it grows well in areas with partial shade.

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The Rock Cap polypody fern has distinctive sori which identify it from other similar types of ferns. These sori, or emerging fronds, are round, brown and relatively flat. Each fern of this species has ten to twenty alternating lance-shaped leaflets and pointed tips.

This hardy fern survives extreme water loss and wilting. It rapidly rehydrates when more moisture becomes available, making it a remarkable plant for rock surfaces or rock gardens.

Rock Cap ferns reproduce by producing spores instead of seeds. These spores remain found on the bottom side of fertile frond leaflets and look like brown circles. When the spores are ready, they spread through the air, creating more ferns.

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Rock Cap Polypody Fern 

Polypodium virginianum, commonly known as the Rock Cap Polypody Fern is a small, narrow-leaved evergreen fern that is often found growing on rocky slopes or boulders. This fern can grow into clumps about five to ten inches tall, and feathers into leathery, thin fern leave that arch outwards from the plant. 

 Polypodium, the genus of this plant, is a Greek translation meaning "many feet," referring to the well-spaced leaves breaking from the ferns stem almost like a centipede. 

 This fern does not flower and prefers partial to full shade with medium water. This plant does not require significant soil quality and can develop in loosely packed, infertile soil. The unique habitat this fern prefers makes it a tremendous naturalizing option for other tough-to-grow places. It grows well in zones three through eight. 

 This plant is found naturally occurring throughout Eastern and Central United States and Canada. Once established, it is tolerant of dry soil and drought. It is also deer, snail/snug, and rabbit resistant, making it a resilient, low-maintenance option. 

 This plant is technically a naturally occurring hybrid of two other ferns "Appalachian" and "Librium." This plat does well in a mass group for a rock garden, wild garden, or as an addition to rocky, woodland areas.

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