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Walking Fern, Asplenium Rhizophyllum Is Known For Its Ability To Produce Leaflets At The Tip, Giving Its Appearance Of "Walking" Hence Its Name

The American walking fern, known as the Asplenium rhizophyllum in scientific terms, is a fern native to North America and a close relative of the East Asian Asplenium ruprechtii. Its common name derives from the growth of new plants at the leaf's tip, allowing it to "walk" across surfaces over several generations.

Commonly ranged in the Appalachian Mountains and the Ozarks, the walking fern spreads from southern Quebec and Ontario along the Appalachians and Piedmont southwestward to Mississippi and Alabama. A common denominator in this distribution is the limy soil; while described to be rare, it is locally abundant only under favorable conditions. On most occasions, it grows on shaded boulders, ledges, and crevices, usually covered in moss; sometimes, it grows on fallen tree trunks or as an epiphyte. Typically found on limestone or another alkaline, this plant rarely occurs on sandstone or other acidic rocks.

Walking Fern, Asplenium Rhizophyllum Also Serves As A Parental Species For Numerous Hybrids From Its Own Genus And Other Subgenera

The walking fern has undivided, evergreen leaves with long, narrow leaf tips that curve back and root, giving it a highly distinctive appearance. Often surrounded by child plants formed from the leaf tips, it grows in tufts, with the leaves of younger plants lying flat to the ground while older plants either arch or stand upright.

While it does not spread and form new plants via roots, the walking fern spreads via its short, upright rhizomes, each about a millimeter in diameter and generally unbranched.  Dark brown to blackish, the rhizomes have triangular or lance-shaped scales with a highly evident lattice-like pattern, and each scale is two to three millimeters long and a half to one millimeter wide, with untoothed margins.

The stipe—or the leaf's stalk, below the blade—is reddish-brown and shiny at the base, half a centimeter to twelve centimeters long, and ranges from a tenth to one-and-a-half times the length of the blade. Fertile fronds bear many sori underneath, each one to four millimeters long. They do not arrange themselves in any particular order, often fusing where veins join and curving to follow that same vein. Covered by inconspicuous thin, white indusial with untoothed edges, each sporangium in a sorus carries sixty-four spores.

As one of the three parental species of the Appalachian Asplenium complex, a group of fern hybrids and their progenitors from North America, hybridization has given rise through chromosome doubling to various new species. Some similar species and hybrid descendants share the walking fern's long-attenuate leaf tip but are more deeply lobed. And in the end, it is still the leaf shape and proliferating tips that easily distinguish the American walking fern from most other ferns. 

Walking Fern, Asplenium Rhizophyllum is For Sale at TN Wholesale Nursery with Low Prices and Fast Shipping

These commonly occurring fern species is native to areas of North America and eastern Canada. These evergreen ferns are present in shady, rocky, or moist areas. Walking ferns seem like walking as they grow whenever any part of the original plant touches the ground. The walking appearance of these perennial plants makes your landscape area charming and captivating. Plant these small perennial ferns in your garden to make it beautiful.

The leaves of these evergreen nonflowering plants are simple, lance-linear in shape. Leaves are broader from the base and narrow on the tips. The blunt ends of the heart-shaped leaves become pointed as the tree matures. Leaves are shiny green to dark green in the shade. The upper surface of these triangular leaves is glossy green, whereas the lower surface has yellow-green color.

The length of the leaf blade is ten to fourteen inches, and the width of the leaf blade is one to two inches. The longer leaves of walking fern when coming in contact with the earth's surface will help these evergreen ferns to grow. The base of pointed leaves has ear lobes called auriculate on each side. The production of new plantlets from the elongated ends of the triangular leaves makes these vascular plants the best choice for your garden. 

This evergreen fern grows to the height of 1.5 to 2 feet. With time, as these perennial ferns grow, they will achieve their optimum length and transform their color to dark green. These low-maintenance required plants become the distinctive addition to your backyard gardens. These nonflowering plants attract birds and make your garden vibrant and lively throughout the year. 

Exposure to direct sunlight for two to four hours and filter light for the rest of the day is necessary for the ideal propagation of these nonflowering vascular plants. The fulfillment of these trees' full shade to partial shade exposure requirements results in the faster growth of these evergreen ferns in your grasslands. These short-heightened ferns fulfill all the social, ornamental, and ecological benefits of your landscape area with little care of the young ferns. 

These mesmerizing species of ferns require well-drained, moist soil. Richly organic soil works best for the growth of walking ferns. Consistently moist soil with slightly alkaline to neutral ph help these vascular ferns to grow in your landscape area. The chalky, clay, or loamy soil texture is necessary for these plants. They require little pruning, shearing, and maintenance. You can make your garden appealing and enchanting by planting these easy-to-grow plants in your landscape area. 

Best time to Harvest: June to October

Hardiness zone: 4-9

Light: Light to dense shade

Water: Moderate amount

Height: 1.5 to 2 feet

Soil: Moist, well-drained, highly organic soil 

Sun exposure: Full sun to partial shade

Ship as: Bare root

The growth of these perennial evergreen plants for your indoor garden and the outdoor garden plays an essential role in the beauty and grace of your garden. You can grow these vascular plants inside your house, alongside your dining center in the pots. These beautiful, evergreen species of ferns are for sale to beautify your shady landscape area.

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