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A picture of a Common Polypody Fern

Common Polypody Fern

Polypodium vulgare

Full Shade
Easy care
Moderate watering
Half-hardy

6a-9b

USDA zone

-23°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

50cm

Max

1m

10cm

Min

50cm

5 years to reach maturity

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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