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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

Polypodium vulgare - Kallioimarre, Stensöta, Common polypody IMG 2707 C by Anneli Salo (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Shade
Easy care
Moderate watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








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

    Attractive leaves

    Ground cover

    Other uses of Common Polypody Fern

    Ground cover, under shrubs, rocky banks.