Polypodium californicum, California Polypody
A California Native fern that reaches a height of one and a half feet tall and three feet wide. This fern grows in canyons, stream banks and north facing slopes. It spreads slowly by rhizomes. If this fern is dry in the summer it will go deciduous and if it is in an area that is wet it will stay green all year.
Plant with: Use in a damp, shaded area with other shade-loving plants such as other ferns, Wild Ginger (Asarum sp.), Bush Anemone (Carpenteria californica), Western Dichondra (Dichondra occidentalis), Dogwood (Cornus sp.), Wild Strawberry (Fragraria sp.), Alumroot (Heuchera sp.), Ocean Spray (Holodiscus discolor), Currant/Gooseberry (Ribes sp.), Meadow Rue (Thalictrum sp.), Bee Plant (Scrophularia californica), and Hummingbird Sage (Salvia spathacea)
- Full shade or part shade
- Best in moist well drained soil
- Water once a week once established
- Hardy up to 15 degrees
- Water regularly, keep soil moist but do not let plant sit in water