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A picture of a Common Polypody Fern

Common Polypody Fern

Polypodium vulgare

Also known as

Eastern Polypody, Polypody, Adder's Fern, Brake Root, Ever Fern, Golden Locks, Golden Maidenhair, Lady's Milk, Wall Fern, Word Fern

Full Shade
Easy care
Moderate watering
Half-hardy

H7-H3

RHS hardiness

-20°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

50cm

Max

1m

10cm

Min

50cm

5 years to reach maturity

More images

Polypodium vulgare - Kallioimarre, Stensöta, Common polypody IMG 2707 C
Polypodium vulgare 200907
Polypodium vulgare (aka)
A photo of Common Polypody Fern

Overview

Polypodium vulgare is an evergreen fern species with a clumping growth habit. It produces alternating, triangular-shaped fronds which are pinnately divided all the way back to the central stem, these measure between 10-50cm in length. Yellow-orange spore cases are present on the underside of the fronds, these turn dark grey at maturity. This fern species is native to Europe and Britain, it prefers a shady location and may grow in both damp and dry soil without trouble. It is a popular species for growing as a houseplant, typically reaching 30cm in height and many varieties and cultivars have been produced. Common names include common polypody fern, adder's fern and golden maidenhair, amongst others.

Common problems

Generally pest & disease free.

    Harvesting

    Generally not harvested.

    Propagation

    Division

    Divide in late spring or early summer

    Spores

    Sow spores at a temperature of 15-16 degrees Celsius.

    Special Features

    Attractive leaves

    Ground cover