Walking ferns are some of the more colorful characters in the plant world.

Walking Fern

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Walking Fern-Asplenium rhizophyllum Hardy Planting Zones- 4-9 Sun or Shade – Partial to Full Shade Mature Height - 6-12" Mature Width- 6-9" Bloom Season – n/a Gardener Status- Beginner

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Walking fern is native to North America. Wild specimens are found all over the country, thriving in state and national parks. This plant is ideal for anyone wishing to create a natural look in their garden, or for those concerned about supporting the ecosystem by planting native species. It grows close to the ground in moist, shady areas. The dark green leaves sprout in clusters from a single parent plant. Charmingly, these clusters often resemble a green starfish. New leaves sprout from the leaf tips, making the plant appear to "walk" along the ground as it grows - hence the name walking fern. Several generations will grow from one parent stem, making this a low-maintenance garden plant.

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The walking fern is a small low-lying perennial plant with low, narrow triangular leaves that grow six to twelve inches long. It grows mostly in areas of abundant shade, good moisture and a lack of windy conditions. The walking fern grows best in areas rich in limestone or limy forested biomes and spots with thick moss growth. It grows most abundantly in the eastern parts of North America. These ferns are unique in that they spawn new plantlets through purple colored spore-filled nodules clustered along the middle vein of each leaf. Wherever a branch of the fern has grown to extensive enough length to bend and touch the ground the spores spawn and grow roots and leaves alongside the first plant. So, the plant “walks” along the ground and continues on its way reproducing through its shoots. Add Walking Fern to your home today!

Hardy Zones four thru nine

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