Tennessee Smart Yards Native Plants

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Walking Fern

Walking Fern

Asplenium rhizophyllum (Camptosorus rhizophyllus)

4-12 inches tall by 4-6 inches spread. Prefers medium shade but tolerates light to dense shade; medium moisture level; thin, rocky soil; neutral to slightly alkaline pH.

Maintenance: Medium. Prone to slugs.

Foliage: Evergreen

Growth/Colonizing Habit: Roots wherever a frond tip touches moist soil, which is an unusual method for a fern. Vegetative colonies often encountered.

Native Region: Middle and East Tennessee

Very distinctive species with glossy, green fronds that are not divided or lobed, an unusual feature for ferns. Each frond is triangular and tapering to a long point. Commonly found growing over moist limestone outcroppings. Prefers to grow on mossy, limestone boulders. Proper location for planting can be a challenge to the gardener so this fern can be difficult to grow. Common name comes from its ability to develop new shoots from the tips of fronds where they touch the ground.

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