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Plant Guide

Polypodium californicum

Common Name
California Ground Fern
CA Native
California Native
Plant Type
Fern
Size
4"- 10 " x 12"
Flower Color
None
Bloom Time
Leaves
Bright Green
Evergreen
Deciduous
Deer Resistant
Seldom Damaged
Wildlife Value
Growth Rate
Moderate
Hardiness
Hardy
Adverse Growth Factors
None
Special Features
  • Good Under Oaks
  • Low Maintenance
Water Use
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Low
Soil pH
6.5-7.5 (neutral)
Exposure
  • Partial Shade
  • Shade
Soil Type
Not Particular
Drainage
Good Drainage
Description and Cultural Plant Tips

This is a native California creeping fern that grows naturally in shaded canyons, north sides of slopes & along streambeds. It is a delicate epiphytic fern is good for naturalized areas under oaks & other shaded areas.

Plant in a loamy soil enhanced with compost. This plant needs wet feet in winter & early spring & will go dormant as soil dries out in summer.

Can be browsed by deer but will survive.

No significant pests or diseases.

Master Gardener Comments
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