Common Polypody Fern
Also known as
Eastern Polypody, Polypody, Adder's Fern, Brake Root, Ever Fern, Golden Locks, Golden Maidenhair, Lady's Milk, Wall Fern, Word Fern
Polypodium vulgare - Kallioimarre, Stensöta, Common polypody IMG 2707 C by Anneli Salo (CC BY-SA 3.0)
5 years to reach maturity
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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 with Common Polypody Fern
Generally pest & disease free.
How to harvest Common Polypody Fern
Generally not harvested.
How to propagate Common Polypody Fern
Divide in late spring or early summer
Sow spores at a temperature of 15-16 degrees Celsius.
Special features of Common Polypody Fern
Other uses of Common Polypody Fern
Ground cover, under shrubs, rocky banks.