Rock-Cap Polypody Fern is an excellent addition to any garden, home or cliffside.

Rock-Cap Polypody Fern

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Latin Name- Polypodium Virginanum, Soil Type- Moist, Hardy Zones 3-8

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Its beauty and somehow unusual appearance are legendary but what's even more amazing is its habitat which tends to be rocky areas, boulders, cliffs, and even tree roots. The evergreen fronds are bright emerald green and up to a foot in length with relatively full bases ten to twenty leaflets long and pointed tips. It loves shady wooded areas but is versatile in its growth, not even requiring soil to flourish. The Rock-Cap Polypody Fern does help contribute to the formation of soil and open up otherwise inhabitable areas to other species of plants and animals also. In Winter it makes foraging food for some birds including grouse and wild turkey, as well as white-tailed deer. The Rock-Cap Polypody Fern also has excellent revitalization properties, capable of being revived from the brink of desiccation with the proper reintroduction of moisture. Many may not know that ferns, including the Rock-Cap Polypody Fern, reproduce by spores rather than seeds and the underside of the leaves become rife with orange globular attachments called sori in Summer and Autumn.

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Rock Cap Fern grows wild in the Midwest and across North America. This hardy fern prefers to grow across hard surfaces instead of soil. It thrives best in shady wooded rocky areas or sometimes on logs. This plant features evergreen fronds growing up to twelve inches long but not less than four inches long. The fern grows in scattered clumps on the rocks; The smallest ones are only ferns; Each frond contains a cluster of leaflets. These vary between ten and twenty in the count. Each leaflet has a broad base that is attached to the frond. From the bottom, the leaflet forms a shape somewhat like a lance with a pointed tip; Underneath the frond, the plant covered in reddish-brown sori. Ferns do not bloom, so the use of this sort are part of the reproductive system of the plant. They look like small attached growths scattered by the wind in the process of the creation of new fern colonies. One great thing about this particular fern is that it does not need well-developed soil to thrive. These ferns, when used in landscaping, will adapt to most soils if required. The plants reach 12 inches in height and flourish in shady areas, but will tolerate partial to the full sun also in zones three through eight. In the wintertime, this fern is a food source for both wild turkey and white-tailed deer.

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