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Wall fern

Polypodium spp.

Also known as

Polypody

Polypodium polypodioides, Loxahatchee by Korall (CC BY 3.0)

Full Shade
Moderate watering
Tender

H1c

RHS hardiness

5°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

Max

Min

0

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Wall fern Overview

This genus of around 100 species of evergreen or deciduous ferns in the Polypodiaceae family has a worldwide distribution and a centre of diversity in the tropics. They can be epiphytic or terrestrial and with either simple or pinnately-divided fronds and creeping rhizomes. Being easy to grow, they are popular in cultivation as ornamental garden plants and many varieties and cultivars are available. They prefer a moist, shady site but can tolerate sun if given sufficient moisture.

How to propagate Wall fern

Division

Division in spring.

Spores

Spores in late summer.

Other uses of Wall fern

Grown for its sculptural fronds.