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Hare's Foot Fern

Phlebodium aureum

Also known as

Rabbit's Foot Fern, Golden Polypody, Gold-Foot Fern

Full Shade
Easy care
Moderate watering
Tender

9a-11b

USDA zone

-7°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

30cm

Max

30cm

20cm

Min

20cm

5 years to reach maturity

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A photo of Hare's Foot Fern
A photo of Hare's Foot Fern
A photo of Hare's Foot Fern
Phlebodium aureum

Overview

This epiphytic fern species from the tropical and subtropical climates in the Americas. s evergreen arching pinnate fronds that are a grey green with distinctive yellow-orange, raised spore cases on the underside of the fronds. This easy to grow fern is popular in cultivation as an ornamental garden plant for indoor or outdoor sites. They prefer a moist, shady location but can tolerate sun if given sufficient moisture.

Common problems

Fungal diseases may occur following overwatering.

    Harvesting

    Generally not harvested but fronds can be taken to include in floral arrangements.

    Propagation

    Division

    Spores

    Special Features

    Attractive leaves

    Indoor plant

    Uses

    This easy plant suits being grown in shaded beds and borders in woodland or informal cottage gardens as well as being grown in containers for conservatories or indoor rooms.